THE STORY OF THE WILLOW TREE
When someone passes from this life to the next, it is difficult to accept the idea of no longer seeing that person anymore. The lack of presence in our daily lives or the ability to interact or touch that person brings a deep sadness, especially when you were very close to that person whether it is a child, parent, spouse, relative or friend. This story is one of faith and HOPE that their love is always with us. Their love is a living entity.
Love transcends our physical being. Many people share stories of signs sent from the loved ones who have moved on from this life. Each sign is a symbol of love; a message of hope that they are not gone, but always with us. I have experienced many signs from Lauren, but this one is the biggest and remains on my property to this day.
It was April 23, 2012, the morning of Lauren’s 9th birthday. She had been gone 4 years already. It was a cold, rainy morning and I was feeling a little down and missing my little girl. I decided to go to the gym in an attempt to improve my mood. I drove down my long driveway and quickly turned out onto the road. It hit me that I forgot my cell phone and I was compelled to run back home to get it. When I pulled into the driveway, I noticed something that was hard to believe. I have 2 willow trees at the end of my driveway, and round one of the large willow trees was a giant heart. I got out of my Jeep to see if my eyes were deceiving me. I quickly took pictures to capture exactly what I was seeing. The heart was created by the way the raindrops were lying on the blades of grass under the tree. This has never appeared here before, and at this point, I have lived at my residence for 12 years. I knew instantly in my heart, it was a sign from Lauren. A sign to remind me that she is still with me. Her undeniable message is that on this day, Lauren’s birthday, I shouldn’t be sad. It is a day to celebrate her life. It is Lauren’s love transcending.