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Doesn't anyone believe in Dear Diary anymore? What happened to the joy of putting actual pen to paper? And why does every ordinary Jane and John think they can write well enough to burden the world with their scribblings? It’s a mystery that badly needs solving. My first entry contains my thoughts about blogging and will set your expectations. The rest will probably be stream of consciousness garbage, much like you’ll find on any other blog. Perhaps we will both come away enlightened.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Through the Wormhole

My science and fact obsessed Diminutive One recently discovered a new series on the Science channel called "Through The Wormhole". The first episode queried...Is there life after death?

We watched it together. His grandmother's recent passing has raised a lot of questions about the issue of death, dying, afterlife, religion, heaven, hell, reincarnation...the topic is indeed a vast wandering wormhole of questions that spawn questions and more questions. I don't think either of us expected to have our questions answered, because I think we both know there is no answer to be had for the living. I think we both realize that nobody gets to know until they're dead. Maybe we expected to have some of our suspicions and doubts validated. But I don't think either of us felt that way when the show was over. Curiously, I think we both felt disappointed, even though we knew no epiphany or enlightenment would come from watching.

That tells me that even though the rational mind knows, the heart denies. The heart keeps searching and searching for those answers. The heart keeps looking for a way to quiet the fears that plague us in the dark solitary hours of the night, when we are alone and adrift in our own dreams.

I am weaning of migraine medication; the last pharmaceutical in a calvalcade of medicinal salvation that began when my strokes were diagnosed. Because it works on brain chemistry, there's some fairly funky stuff going on in my gray matter at the moment. The doctor warned me that I might experience unusually vivid dreams. "Unusually vivid" turned out to be an understatement of truly gargantuan proportions. Because of that, I am able to remember every detal into my waking hours, something that has never been true for me before.

In the most recent dream, I was talking to my mother on my cellphone, driving down my own street in my own car. I can recount the entire conversation word for word. I can still HEAR her voice so distinctly in my ear. I'll spare you the long, emotionally frought details of that conversation. But the curious thing was that I was completely aware that she was dead and that she was calling from someplace....beyond.

I asked her where she was. She replied, "I can't tell you that honey. But you know."

I didn't know and I told her that. "I don't know Mom, I don't. me know."

She said, "You have to find out for yourself. But it's okay here. I'm okay here. Don't be scared. I don't want you to be scared anymore."

She knew, you see. In life she knew that nothing scared me more than the threat of deep, cold, eternal blackness. She also knew that none of the conventional stuff that people choose to believe in to relieve that fear, made any sense whatsoever to me. And so I floundered around, dog-paddling in my fear, trying to keep my head above water and not let myself drown in the panic. She told me shortly before she died that she wished I wouldn't worry so much about it. I wish that too.

But anyway....

She has visited all of us this way. The boys dream of her. I dream of her. My sisters dream of her. And all of us have felt that same sense of reality about these dreams. My eldest son woke one night to find her sitting in his desk chair. They had a nice chat. And then he went back to sleep, unafraid and strangely comforted. A dream, surely. And yet.....he says that he can't shake the feeling that she really was there.

Is there a point to this post? No, I guess not. Except that...I'm still pondering. Still a little lost. Still afraid. But maybe...maybe getting a little better. Maybe getting a little less worried about what happens after, and a little more committed to living well before.

Maybe there's a way through the wormhole. And maybe that way is acceptance.

And maybe I'm completely full of shit.

Time will tell, I guess.


  • At 1:06 PM, Blogger Margaret said…

    Living well is good. It's the only option we have some control over. I have trouble with the acceptance part too.

  • At 7:56 PM, Blogger Amy Y said…

    I think your dreams are a sweet gift. You never have to say goodbye when you keep seeing her in the night.

  • At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My grandpa (Papaw) died when I was 11. I knew he was saved. I knew he was in Heaven... however, I still doubted. What ifs filled my mind. A few nights after his death I cried myself to sleep... but he came to me in the night. I remember opening my eyes knowing I was being watched. It was an eerie, yet somehow comforting feeling I can yet to describe accurately.

    I opened my eyes slowly to see him standing at the foot of my bed in his normal day to day clothes and this beautiful angel stood to his left. The angel spoke to me and told me that I will see him again one day, do not be afraid, etc. He had the most beautiful smile and sense of peace about him.

    What is the strangest thing of all is how YOUNG he was!!?? I didn't know him as a young man... obviously... but he was younger than I remember him. Yet, I knew it was him. Strange, I know.

    Like Amy Y said... the dreams are good and I pray you find the answers are you seeking sooner than later.

    Death is mysterious... but I'm afraid it doesn't have to be.

  • At 7:35 AM, Blogger AA said…

    I believe, but only because I want to. No real reason. I wish your mom would come to visit me!

    However, I will say I had a couple of dreams after my son died that were kind of like that. In one, my dad, who had died the year before, showed up with my son. And my dad also showed up looking way younger than I had ever known him, but I knew it was him. He and my son were happy together. I wanted them to stay but I knew they couldn't.

  • At 5:26 PM, Blogger Just Words On A Page said…

    Your posts make me smile. I know when I leave this earth I shall one day see you, and we shall Zumba together like we've never Zumba'd before. It's okay. You are okay. You miss your mom, and it's okay to be comforted about an after life. Hugs:)

  • At 6:33 PM, Blogger heidig said…

    The same thing happened to me with my boss (and friend) of 25 years. He visited me in my dream just to let me know he was all right. I felt just as your son did when your mom visited him. The only difference between you and I? I believe. With every ounce of my being, I believe. And these visits are truly a gift from beyond meant to quell the fears of those left behind. Enjoy them.

  • At 3:08 PM, Blogger Maureen Fitzgerald said…

    Your post gave me chills - but in a good way. I had a similar experience when I lost my grandfather while in HS. I know my grandmother told the story of being visited my her mother after she passed and even seeing the imprint where she had perched on the edge of the bed.

    I hope your dreams bring you some peace even if they don't necessarily give you concrete answers.


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