I have a Facebook account I use for family out of state. One late night in June of 2014 I logged on to find a message from my cousin I grew up with back home in North Carolina. She told me my aunt died. She was the last of the sisters on our moms' side. I was so surprised and, of course, sad. I started remembering things she had shared with me: favorite recipes, her favorite flowers, and how to make your own hummingbird food. I loved her, I will forever love her.
In deep thought of memories about her from my last trip back home, I was listening to music and playing a few songs of my own when I realized how hot it was inside the house. I got up to open all the windows to air out the place. When I went into the spare bedroom to open that window (it's never closed in the summer) I happened to look down on the hardwood floor. To my total shock there lay two perfect locks of red hair?! Of course I immediately thought of my aunt, she had red hair.
I turned all the lights on and held those locks of hair in my hand, staring at them in amazement! It's so hard to tell anyone if you have "happenings" or paranormal events, because there's usually no proof of it. My boyfriend also never sees anything like I do, so I couldn't wait for him to wake up and show him what I found!
The thing that really gets me about this is my aunt wasn't religious and had a cousin back home in North Carolina that was a preacher. My aunt's heart had become hardened because of her youngest son's death.
I was back home visiting her and all my cousins one summer years ago when we got invited to a potluck at the church where her cousin preaches. My aunt Katie said she was only going because we were there visiting and for the food, ha! When we got there her cousin went on and on about how wonderful it was to see her there in church. She said "I'm only here for the food!" When he left our side I said, "But what if it's true, what if there is an afterlife?" She thought a while and then turned to look me in the eye saying, "I"ll let you know when I die."
It's been 5 years now since she died, and it crosses my mind from time to time about what she said. I have that red hair in a little box. I was a little girl the last time I saw my aunt with her natural red hair. She was in her 80's with grey hair when she died, but I know it was her letting me know there IS something more than just this life.
I nor my boyfriend has ever had any family locks of red hair. Later I was vacuuming the floor when the vacuum started making a funny noise. I turned it off and flipped it over. There in the middle of the brush rollers was a clump of red hair!? It was so thick I had to get a pair of scissors to cut it out?!