My Grandmother's legacy
by Lisa Ladd
(S. Portland, ME)
I never gave much thought to birds as I had lived in a city apartment most of my adult life. My Grandmother however LOVED Cardinals. For gift giving occasions, I would always be on the lookout for Cardinal trinkets, jewelry, and apparel that I could give her. The last thing I gave her was a candleholder with a cardinal on it.
My Grandmother died in August of 2003. I had just bought my first house several months earlier. My mother called me at work when she heard of Nana's passing. I immediately left work to be with my mother who I knew was devastated. I made a quick stop at home to meet up with my husband who was going with me. As we left the house, my husband glanced into the backyard and saw a cardinal in one of the bushes lining the backyard. We both just stood there for several minutes, silent, staring at the bird. Other than pictures, I had never seen one before.
The first thing I told my mother when I saw her was that we were visited by a cardinal while on the way out the door to see her.
We all agreed that it was a calling card form Nana.
Today, I have 3 feeders that I keep stocked for the birds. I see cardinals on occasion, and think of Nana each time.
In November, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. The day I found out, I looked out my window and saw the elusive bird. I know it was a sign that everything was going to be all right. So far so good...