Tuesday morning we were off to the Defuniak Springs Hotel to meet with Stu and Froggi Donna for lunch. They were on route from LA to TN an wanted to get together. We had never met Stu and were glad to do so.
Somehow the conversation got around to the topic of passing messages from recently departed folks to their friends and relatives still on this plane. Froggi had posted a poem several years ago about one such experience she had:
do have one memory that I didn't put into my ride journal but I will never forget the experience. All during my ride through Yellowstone, I kept thinking how much my husband would have enjoyed it and how much I wished he were seeing it with me. It had only been six months since his death. When I stopped to get gas on the northern side of Yellowstone, there were no self-pay pumps so I had to go inside. While waiting to pay the lady behind me asked if I had dropped some change. I looked down and saw two bright pennies....I picked them up and knew that Michael had been with me all day. Why? It all goes back to a poem someone sent me after his death.
Pennies From Heaven
I found a penny today
Just laying on the ground
But it's not just a penny
This little coin I've found
Found pennies come from heaven
That's what my Grandpa told me
He said Angels toss them down
Oh, how I loved that story
He said when an Angel misses you
They toss a penny down
Sometimes just to cheer you up
And take away your frown
So don't pass by that penny
When you're feeling blue
It may be a penny from heaven
That an angel has tossed to you.
Doug and his daughter arranged such a code when she was here last month. It occurred to Doug to ask his blog readers what if any experiences they have had with after life communication. It was Harry Houdini that got the publicity about this. How about it? Any personal stories?
Tuesday afternoon Mark and David and Doug drug out a family heirloom; a .22 caliber long rifle pistol Doug's mother gave to his father for a wedding present. David set up a bunch of plastic bottles and targets on a bank in the back yard and we plinked away at them. David and Mark are good shots and we had a good time.
It was another great family visit for Doug. He and Mark have been close over the years, but haven't communicated regularly. As usual we quickly got on the same wave length and quickly found that intimacy. Mark headed back to Charleston this morning.
While in Panama City, JoAnn had a successful mammogram. We also scored a big coupe at Publix Supermarket. One night for our nightly ice cream hour, we found some Blue Bell Century Sundae which automatically went to OUTSTANDING RAVE reviews on all our taste buds. It was an ice cream made 2007 to honor 100 years of Blue Bell Ice Cream. We we found a gallon of it at Publix and immediately stashed it.
We also ate lunch at Flamingo Joe's, our favorite sandwich place on PCB. The heat index today is over three figures and so that ice cream will be put to good use tonight.