Be each saint in heaven,
Each sainted woman in heaven,
Each angel in heaven
Stretching their arms for you,
Smoothing the way for you,
When you go thither
Over the river hard to see;
Oh, when you go thither home
Over the river hard to see.
–Celtic Blessing from Celtic Prayers, translated by Alexander Carmichael, edited by Trace Murphy, Doubleday Image Books,1996.
Right after Mom died I was shopping for shoes. I needed a new pair to wear to her memorial service. I have big feet and it’s hard for me to find shoes that fit and that look nice. I went into a store I had never shopped at before and was looking through the stacks of shoes for something that I even remotely liked. This was one of those types of stores where no one will help you, you are on your own, all of the shoes are stacked in boxes about 5 feet high and the shoes are all displayed on the top of the stacks.
I started down the middle of one aisle when I heard something drop behind me. I thought it was odd because I was sure I hadn’t brushed against anything, and the display shoes were all on top of the stacks, anyway. As I bent over to try on a shoe, I glanced back and saw what looked like a slipper laying on the floor about four feet behind me. After trying on the shoe and discovering that it was too small, I placed it back where I got it and turned around to pick up the fallen shoe. As I returned it to the top of the stack I noticed that it was a Minnetonka Moccasin!
This was the strangest thing I have ever experienced. I grew up near Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. I attended Minnetonka High School. Now, I am aware that there are parts of the country where Minnetonka Moccasins are quite common, but Idaho is not one of them. You rarely find them here. Besides, I hadn’t touched a thing when I walked down that aisle between the stacks of shoes and, despite that, a Minnetonka moccasin jumped off the shelf and landed on the floor four feet behind me.
Was this mom trying to make contact? I choose to believe that it was. Judi
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