I'm not sure where to begin with this.
My grandfather Teddy passed away years ago. He was the strongest male figure in my life and gave much inspiration for my strength in me.
While I was a young girl my summers were spent at his home in Sunrise Beach, Missouri. My fondest memories were created there. We spent numerous hours watching the many different types of birds and him teaching me about each one. But the one that caught my eye was the male Cardinal. And he knew that to be my favorite bird.
This particular day was exceptionally hard for me. I sat on the couch in the bedroom and started to cry. When I heard a quiet tapping on the window directly behind me.
I turned around because I figured it was a branch from the bush hitting the window. And there he was a beautiful, bright red cardinal. Perched on a branch no more than a few inches away.
I stared at him in shock, for a few seconds. Thinking it's strange this bird hasn't flown away after my movement on the couch.
He turned his head slightly to one side and kept his eyes on me.
In my mind I made a statement.
Grandpa if that's you sending this cardinal have that cardinal tap on the window once more.
The bird jumped a little closer to the window, not taking his eyes off me and tapped the window again.
I said out loud, "Thank you grandpa, I love you too I know you're with me."
I felt this warming squeeze around my shoulders and chest. All at once the bird flew away and that feeling disappeared.
After that when I have a particularly hard day or week etc, I will find a cardinal near me or around me. If I am inside he'll be a the window, if I'm outside there will be one very near my person.