I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. – Shug

Many years ago, mom and I had a conversation about ‘the other side’. We wondered if there would be a way to, when one of us died, let the person left behind know that they had gotten to the other side OK. We decided that whoever passed first would leave something purple in a prominent place where the survivor could find it, and be comforted.

Yesterday, I helped Chief euthanize his cat of 17 years. She was an awesome cat and I was honored to be able be there for him through this. It kinda helped me get out of my head about mom’s passing. It didn’t hit me until we were in the doctor office, waiting for the nurse, that the towel that he had wrapped his cat in was purple. I could almost see mom smiling and winking at me through that.

When I told my brother about this, later that night, he said, “Oh my god. While you’ve been telling me this, I’m noticing that there’s a purple card on the table in front of me.”

You rock, mom. It is awesome being your daughter. I miss you, but I’m happy that you’re finally able to dance again now.

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