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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Love Notes: Personal Oracles for a Father from His Daughter

What better time than Valentine week to share heart-warming messages to a father from his deceased daughter. So I’d like to share some of the ways my English husband’s daughter Suzanne continues to deliver love notes to her father.

Kenneth had no idea what was occurring when he noticed a song playing over in his mind. We were traveling from the mainland to a hospital in Hawaii to be by Suzanne’s side.  When we landed we learned we were too late. Suzanne had passed around 9:30 that morning.

Dazed and devastated, we checked into a hotel in Waikiki and then walked down to the beach. Finally we stopped to have something to eat. I didn’t even register on the popular songs that were playing in the background until Kenneth reached out and held my hand in his.  Ann, this song was playing in my mind on the flight over,” he said.

I listened. Cindy Lauper was singing;

            If you’re lost you can look – and you will find me.

            Time after time.

            If you fall I will catch you – I’ll be waiting.

            Time after time

Kenneth started trying to remember what time it was when he heard that song playing in his mind. In the end he came to the conclusion that it was around the time his daughter passed.

A few months later we were at a pizzeria talking about family surnames names and the unique strength of connection they represent, especially in the English culture. This time I noticed Suzanne’s song, “Time after Time,” started playing in the background. Suzanne had chosen another very specific moment to let us know she was close by. Her message was clear. She was reminding her father, just as she did by keeping her maiden name when she married, how proud she was to be a McQuade.

That fall as Kenneth’s birthday approached, I realized it would be the first year he wouldn’t be receiving anything in the mail from her. It was never about the gift. Suzanne had earned a reputation with everyone: her gifts were always first to arrive and were chosen with very special care.  I hadn’t shared this thought with anyone, even Kenneth, so you can imagine my surprise at what happened a few days before his birthday.

A co-worker and I were working on a project when out of the blue she asked, “Did Kenneth’s daughter call him DADDY?”  Not only did she call him Daddy, her cards were profusely decorated with drawings of child- like hearts!

The co-worker paused.  “I usually don’t get messages like this, but Kenneth’s daughter wants me to deliver a message from her. She says, ‘Happy Birthday, Daddy!’”

How like Suzanne to be early and reliable!

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In her bestselling book, Everyday Oracles: Decoding the Divine Messages That Are All Around Us, author Ann Bolinger-McQuade uses memorable stories and photos to introduce the formula for how personal oracles work, then teaches you how to recognize and decode yours. If you have personal oracle experiences to share, please submit them to Ann through her website www.personaloracles.com  She will respond personally. And while you’re there, check out the cloud photos in the interactive “What Do You See Section.” Have fun and exercise your psychic muscles. Who knows, you may discover a personal oracle hiding in plain sight, just waiting to deliver a special message to you.