On December 18, I underwent a difficult surgery to remove a malignant tumor under my tongue. In addition, my husband has lung cancer so you can imagine we have had our share of stress.
A few days ago, I don't remember if it was before or after New Year's Day, I went downstairs to our grade level family and TV room after starting the coffee perking for breakfast. These are both large rooms. The first thing I was hit by was a strong smell that I could not pinpoint. In one of the rooms, I had two flower arrangements friends had sent me. I went to smell them to see if it was the flowers I smelled because I did notice a hint of flowers however; the smell was not the same. I also checked a small garbage bin we have in the laundry room in that level and there was no smell there either. I went into the TV room where the smell was stronger even though there were no flowers.
When my husband came downstairs a couple of minutes later, he also noticed the smell even though his sense of smell is not that good because he used to be a smoker. He said it was the flowers. I did not think so because in addition to the hint of flowers, there was also a somewhat acidity to it. We did not touch anything in any room. I was going to get rid of the garbage in the bin after we had breakfast and also remove the flowers.
After about fifteen minutes I went downstairs again. There was no smell at all. No windows or doors had been opened and nothing had been touched. That's when a sudden thought came to me. My mother was letting us know that everything was going to be alright and that she was here with us.
My mother had lived with us for the last 10 years of her life. At one point someone had told her to take garlic pills for cholesterol. After taking them for a while, we noticed she had developed a somewhat acid odor and eventually stopped taking them. That odor was very similar to what we had smelled!
I had never experienced anything like this or even thought that a smell could be a spirit but that's what came to mind.
When I told the story to my best friend, right away she said it was my mother without even knowing about the kind of smell.