Sunday, December 5, 2010

Looking for Messenger Spirits

Laura with fox image on bench, Middleburg VA
Until now couldn't mention in casual conversation-because it was too special and too out of the ordinary...On the night of October 27, Laura's birthday, as I was heading up our road in the early darkness,  a fox crossed the road near the pond, then paused and seemed to look back at me.  How often do I spot a fox-three or four times a year maybe?  Laura liked foxes. Like owls, which were another of her favorite creatures,  I think it is the wise part of the fox's persona that appealed and still does.  She did a project on foxes in third grade which still hangs on the wall.  She drew them.  In keeping with Native American ideas,  foxes have become a kind of "messenger spirit" for me
Later that evening at the cemetery, as we kept our vigil, I spotted a shooting star.  Another symbol of nature I associate with Laura, especially as she is often remembered on a theme of stars.  How often do I see a shooting star?  Walking the dog at night I do see them maybe four or five times a year.
But to see both a fox and a shooting star in the same night and on her birthday as well?  It leaves no doubt that Laura will sometimes send the messenger spirits to me.


  1. I feel postive that Laura is watching over you, and sending messages that you are open to receive.

  2. I find that really beautiful Mara. Thanks for sharing.

  3. There are so many reasons to love this post. The photo of Laura and Kirby (did I remember correctly?) being the most obvious. Thanks for weaving together the images of your day. I made me feel quite close to all of you.

  4. Hi Vickie, that's right. That was Kirby. As you know she was a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. She loved to be center of attention. Despite her Canine Good Citizen status, she was not above grabbing a bagel out of your hand and making off with it.

  5. I thought of you and Laura yesterday. Actually, I thought of your entire family. Everytime I sit at my desk, and look at those two giraffes, I smile. Laura was so kind.
    Take Care Mara.