I would like to begin by giving you all a little background on my Mother. My Mother was a wonderful person. She was in every sense of the word a lady. Mom loved butterflies, she pasted stickers with butterflies and flowers on the walls of her house. She also loved hummingbirds, any birds really but especially hummingbirds.
Mom was diagnosed with cancer for the second time sometime around Christmas of 2004. It became apparent early in 2005 that she wasn't going to make it through this particular battle. Mom asked me if I would go find this guy I had dated in high school that she and my Dad both just loved. His name is Jackie. I found him and told him that Mom wanted him to come to see her before she passed away.
He went the same week to see her and started going to see her 2 to 3 times a week. Mom passed away May 25th, 2005. Mom had a different kind of humor about her and sometimes you couldn't tell if she was joking or not. I remember her telling me she would come check on us (us being her 8 children and various son-in-laws she felt particularly attached to) when she was gone. Mom always did believe in that kind of thing.
After she passed away I started dating Jackie. Mom always said she thought I should have married Jackie when I dated him in high school. In September of 2007 Jackie and I got married at 6 pm in the church I grew up in. The day of the wedding I left home at noon, I got about 1/2 a mile from my house when I drove into what I describe as a "cloud" of little purple butterflies. I immediately thought of Mom. I called my sister from my cell phone to tell her what had happened and she too thought it could be Mom.
I went on to the church and got ready for the wedding, everything went off without a hitch. Jackie and I arrived home after the wedding and had dinner, because it was a fairly nice evening, not too hot and not too cool, we went out and sat together on the front porch swing. We sat there for a little while just talking and holding hands when I saw a hummingbird. It just kind of buzzed around a little bit and left so I didn't think much of it. Then 3 or 4 hummingbirds came buzzing around, this was getting a little weird, but they left too. Then about 8 or 9 hummingbirds came buzzing around. Now I guess I should mention here that I have never put hummingbird feeders out at my house.
At this point I was pretty sure that my Mom was responsible and I like to think she was saying congratulations.