Daily Prompt: Exhale

Daily Prompt: Exhaleby michelle w. on October 7, 2013

Tell us about a time when everything seemed to be going wrong — and then, suddenly, you knew it would be alright.
Most of my life has been spent with everything going wrong and me wondering when it is going to be alright. I have had a couple of what I call ‘Instant Calm Moments’ during my life. I don’t know how to explain them, but if you have had them, you will know. It’s like you are really upset/angry and suddenly a rush of calmness stills you. Your stomach stops churning, your thoughts stop racing, and your body stops shaking. I always say that it is my guardian angel/angels letting me know they are right there and they are protecting me. Such Bliss!
The one that stands out the most in my mind, (I may have written about this before, but I can’t remember), is when my maternal grandmother came to visit me, shortly after her death.
My maternal grandmother, Myrtle Shirley Richey, passed away on October 22, 1995. I was blessed to have had her for 36 years of my life. She was my best friend, best teacher, and my biggest supporter. We were very close. I was blessed with growing up with all 4 of my grandparents and my maternal grandmother was my first loss of a grandparent.
My maternal grandparents didn’t have much in worldly goods, but they did have three children; 2 girls and 1 boy. These children started fussing and fighting over who was going to get what, even before my grandmother passed. It was awful and it continued on through her death and burial, and about a year after she passed. Very traumatic!
I was working 3rd shift, at the time, and slept until my youngest daughter got off the school bus. We had an understanding that she would come down to my bedroom and wake me up when she got home every afternoon. That was our time together.
One day, as I slept, my grandmother came to visit me. She sat on the bed beside me, held my hand, and we talked and talked. She told me she was happy and okay. When it was time for her to leave she said, “Don’t worry. Everything is going to be okay. I have to go now because Rachel is getting off the bus and will be here any moment. I don’t think she needs to see me.” I agreed. The she said, “Remember,” and faded away as my youngest daughter opened my bedroom door.
She came back to be with us that Christmas. I could see her floating around in her ghost form, hugging and kissing everybody. That was the last time I saw her or had any contact with her.

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  1. One of my grandmothers was also named Myrtle. She died when I was young. She was also my maternal grandmother. My other grandmother died when I was 10 and I remember she visited me also after she died. I was pretty accepting of her visit. She has come to me several times since but not for many years. Your story was so sweet as she wanted to assure you she was happy.


    1. When I hear stories like yours, I stop to be grateful for a moment and to know that I was blessed to have all four of my grandparents, for 36+ years. My paternal grandmother is still living. I am blessed and very grateful. 🙂


  2. This is a sweet story. Thank you for sharing. Both my grandmothers are now dead. My paternal grandma died when I was 12 and my maternal grandma died some 7 years ago. I missed her and since she passed away, I no longer have any reason to return to Singapore other than a stop over. As one gets older, times with our older generation are times to be treasured. I love your story. 🙂


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