So the other day I was driving down Highway 17 toward the Los Gatos hills, thinking about my mother. It was the day of my post on Nepal, THIS one, and I was thinking about how we would have talked about what was going on there and what she would have said. But I wasn’t too lost in my thoughts not to be startled when this old song by Larry Hall came up on Sirius 50s on 50, a station I listen to all the time. The song is Sandy and that was my mother’s nickname. (Her full name was Santa Maria Aida…)
As the song played, I enjoyed reminiscing about my late mother, who passed away in 1999. And then, when the song was over, it was immediately followed by Ben E. King’s Stand By Me, a song mentioned in my Nepal post and from which the post title was taken. When it began to play, I was not too far away from La Hacienda in Los Gatos, a place my mother rented when she visited me for several summers in the mid-90s. I don’t head that way too often, but this day, that’s where I was going.
Some would say these were coincidences. Me? Nope. It was no coincidence. What I got from it was the message that she sees what happens here, and that day she was telling me she saw and appreciated my efforts to help Nepal.
Happy Mother’s Day, mom.
How about you? If your mom has also passed, has anything like this ever happened to you?