When God Winks at You

Yes, as Valentine's Day approached, my thoughts turned to a new post.

After a couple of days, though, I thought not. The "signs" have not been aligning of late...

Oh, don't get me wrong, I ran across some songs that I could have parlayed into posts. They weren't "signs", but I am always able to "stretch"...sometimes to the point of breaking!

A couple of apropos songs that represent my recent divergent musical tastes...

But, I left it alone...

Finally, a few days ago, I succumed...relating a "sign" to a friend by e-mail. The occasion was a weekly trip to Walmart for the purpose of purchasing a few "staples"...of the TP, paper towel, bread, etc. variety, NOT the paper-fastening type. As I headed to the check-out lane, I passed a display of Valentine stuff. It reminded me that Julie's gravesite was still in Christmas mode. So, I picked up a Valentine's item and added it to my cart.

Somewhere between Walmart and the cemetery, I turned on my radio. What song did emerge? Well, it was a follow-up to my "song of the day" from my October 19th post..."Because You Loved Me". Talk about "appropriate"...the love theme from the movie "Titanic" by Celine Dion. Geez, Julie...

But, I refrained from going public.

Until this morning...obviously.

The "clincher" (the straw that broke the camel's back of my resistance) was when I was moved to talk about "signs" on CAT Tracks today. In that post, I referred to a book purchase that I made a couple of weeks ago...

As you can see from the cover, the book is an exploration of "coincidences", what I term "signs", what the book's author calls "godwinks".

Do I REALLY believe in this stuff? Let's say I have an open mind at this point...as you probably gathered from my previous posts.

Following my "butterfly experience", there was a book that literally screamed at me from a display in the bookstore...

It's a book that cites "documented" instances of "after-death-communication" (what the authors term ADC.) The "documentation" consists of person after person after person relating their "experience". The authors have handy-dandy acronyms taking you from people who simply "sense" a presence to folks that walk and talk with their dearly departed.

THERE...I've already revealed MY skepticism. (Some might suspect JEALOUSY! Whatever...)

I didn't make it very far into that book. (Gotta admit, though...still LOVE the cover!)

I believe that some of the "coincidences" that I have experienced are worthy of wonder. I also believe that some were REALLY just coincidences, but "fun" to relate. All, I find comforting...

Back to "When God Winks at You"...

The compilation of "coincidences" that finally prompted this Valentine's Day post was something that was literally staring me right in the face all along, but something which I did not notice - REALLY - until this morning when I reached for the book to "report it" on CAT Tracks.

Right there on the cover, plain as day, a red, heart-shaped leaf...

...on this Valentine's Day morning.

How's THAT for a timely "godwink"?

And, you know...what I think is a "wink within a wink"?

The aforementioned family nickname for my beloved...

...WINKY! (Often shortened to "Wink".)

Bears repeating...

...I find comfort there!

In closing, I would like to echo the lyrics of my most recent radio coincidence, sign, godwink...and return them, with love, to my forever Valentine...

My Heart Will Go On
Celine Dion

Every night in my dreams
I see you, I feel you
That is how I know you go on

Far across the distance
And spaces between us
You have come to show you go on

Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
Once more you open the door
And you're here in my heart
And my heart will go on and on

Love can touch us one time
And last for a lifetime
And never let go till we're gone

Love was when I loved you
One true time I hold to
In my life we'll always go on

Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
Once more you open the door
And you're here in my heart
And my heart will go on and on

You're here, there's nothing I fear,
And I know that my heart will go on
We'll stay forever this way
You are safe in my heart
And my heart will go on and on