Today some beautiful things happened.
First, per usual, Hailee woke us up around 7am. But I was surprised by the first words Hailee spoke to us. As she crawled into bed with us, she said, “Charlie was in my room this morning! He woke me up.” That immediately got my attention because Hailee rarely (never) describes moments like that with her brother. I asked her, “What did he say to you?” She responded, “I told him ‘I love you, Charlie.” I smiled then asked again, “But did he say anything to you?” Hailee then responded, “He said he loves me.” Chad and I exchanged looks of raised eyebrows and smiles.
The next nice part of our day: all the disgusting inversion had blown out during the night and we were greeted with a beautiful, clear, clean, morning! I actually saw blue sky for the first time in a long time!
Then, when I walked downstairs to make breakfast, I was greeted by another beautiful surprise:
After months of laying dormant and despite my inadvertent neglect, Charlie’s orchid plant blossomed again!!! I felt like Hailee wasn’t the only one who got a “hello” from Angel Charlie today! This sight warmed my heart like no other…and also made me shed a couple tears.
Another big smile came to my face later today as we walked out of church this morning and were greeted by hearty, cold wind gusts. Hailee started giggling and exclaiming, “Charlie’s kissing us! Charlie’s kissing us! Charlie’s kissing us! Silly Charlie!” I just love that Hailee now associates the wind with kisses sent to her from her brother in heaven!
Finally, this evening ended with having friends over for dinner. They brought their daughter, who is one of Hailee’s bestest friends, as well as their 5 week old son. I felt warmed and happy when I got to snuggle the little baby boy to sleep in my arms and nuzzle his soft cheeks and smell his babyness. It was nice that holding him wasn’t painful in the least, and in fact felt quite healing. I know it was a big deal for my friend, who is super paranoid about germs and lets almost no-one hold her baby, to allow Chad and I to have some baby snuggle time. It meant a lot to both of us.
Today was an unexpectedly beautiful day for me.