In Memory of Mary Lou Hughes

Branson, Mississippi

Red cardinals have become my favorite animal after losing my mother over a year ago.

On the day of my mother’s memorial, I had been working on what to say and hoping I would do her justice for her kind and generous heart. While backing out of my driveway headed for the memorial, I saw the most beautiful redbird sitting on my fence. I locked eyes with the bird I swear it raised its left wing and waved to me! I broke down in tears. The moment I saw this majestic beauty, I knew instantly it was my mom's spirit. Something just came over me from the bottom of my feet to the top of my heart and I was one hundred percent certain. What made this even more special is at the time it happened I did not know red cardinals are embraced as visitors from Heaven!

A year later I was traveling through country roads in search of land for sale. While driving on a very narrow road with room for only one car, I had to stop as a red cardinal was sitting in the middle of the road looking directly at me! I glanced over and behind a tree covered in vines was a “FOR SALE” sign. I never would have seen the sign had my sweet spiritual cardinal not been there to point it out. I whispered "Thank you momma. You are so wonderful and loving and I miss you so much!" Tears followed with only a hint of sadness because I know she is so happy now in Heaven.

There have been so many occasions when I am working on something and a cardinal will appear. The other day I was at Walmart and pulled out a buggy to use, looked down inside the basket and there was a cardinal calendar!

I still miss my mom a lot, but I smile now for every cardinal as they are my one true solace.

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