The kids and I never grow tired of finding hearts – in puddles, clouds, trees, even hairs on the bathtub. So many different symbols people use to keep their deceased loved ones close –hearts, butterflies, birds/doves or other animals (bunnies and foxes for us). We like to believe they are signs the loved one is thinking of us… or simply a little reminder to remember. I love the belief that when you think of a loved one who has died it brings their soul to wherever you are.
Kids and I were biking and my then 8 year old daughter stopped and pointed out this puddle in the shape of a heart. We just stared at it in silence, it was really neat – a perfect heart. It truly is moments like these that give me strength – and i think i can say for the kids, too. There are gifts in every moment, from every challenge comes a mud puddle in the shape of a heart to tell you that everything is ok and most importantly that someone is always with you.
“Some of it was a heart so I saved it” said my 11 yr old daughter to me after she wiped up her spilled smoothie from the floor.