I luv u sis! That was the message written on one of the roadside ornaments I found as I walked this past week. When I read those words, I couldn’t help but smile as I brushed away tears.
My sister Jane was a soft-spoken, gentle woman who had amazing gifts of caring, hospitality, creativity, and love. She died three years ago and I miss her every day.
The message on that ornament felt as though it had been written just for me, left there just for me to find. I almost picked it up and brought it home.
I’m a scavenger, salvaging all kinds of things I pick up along the road. Pliers, toys, a baby stroller, chairs, lawn decorations. I get a kick out of bringing home things we can use.
I’m a recycler. Often things I pick up go right into the recycling bin. Others are returned for refunds. Last week, I garnered $3.90 for my recent pick up efforts.
My sister would have delighted in creating ornaments such as the ones I found and putting them somewhere for someone to discover. In fact she hung ornaments in a bush a distance from her front porch. A little bit of glitter to surprise and amuse visitors.
The roadside ornaments appealed to both my scavenger and recycler tendencies. I itched to pick them up. When I saw this one with this message, I wanted it even more. But leaving the ornament on the roadside, as difficult as that was, was the right thing.
Like my sister, the ornament is out there, shiny and carrying a message of love to the universe.
I luv u sis!