In Memory of Ryan David Ervin

Durant, Oklahoma

One day in the early afternoon, I walked into our backyard to refill our bird feeder. It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining so brightly. While walking toward the bird feeder, I observed a bird resting on the grass. Once closer, I discovered it was a beautiful red cardinal. It did not move or fly away, so I carefully picked him up to make sure he was not injured. My husband captured a photograph because I felt nobody would believe I had an opportunity to hold a northern cardinal. I gently placed the cardinal back down onto the grass and sat next to him. He remained just a few inches away from my feet for the next 40 minutes before flying off into the bright blue sky.

Red cardinals are very special to me because nineteen years ago, I lost my son when he was only eight years old. He had made a birdhouse out of a milk jug and a male cardinal was the first bird to land inside of it.

This was the most magical blessing I have ever experienced.I believe my son was letting me know that everything was going to be alright and he will always be with me.

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