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Wild Turkeys!

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Well, Father’s Day is just around the corner, and this will be the second one without my dad as he passed away in March, 2014. However, since his passing, my family has had some interesting sightings of wild turkeys which we attribute to humorous messages from my dad. Intrigued?

Some 35 to 40 years ago, my paternal grandparents gave my parents a set of nice dishes as a gift. These dishes had wild turkeys on them, and my grandfather loved the pattern, so he decided to buy them for my mom and dad. My mom took very good care of them, and she even displayed the large turkey platter in the dining room.

About 15 years ago, my mom was cleaning in the dining room when suddenly she dropped something that hit the large platter, and it broke. Luckily, my dad wasn’t home at the time, and she picked up the pieces and hid them in a box in the basement. She was so worried that my dad would be upset since this was a special gift from his parents. Over the years, she looked into ways of either repairing the platter or replacing it, but she never followed up on this because of the cost. She did tell all of her kids about this, but my dad never knew about it. Unbelievably, he never noticed that it was missing and never asked about it.

Two days after my dad passed away, I was talking on the phone with my mom when I heard her gasp. “There’s a wild turkey in my backyard!” she exclaimed. Quickly, we both remembered the broken platter with the wild turkeys on it, and we both laughed as we agreed that this was a sign from dad. “He knows about the platter now!” we both said while laughing.

A couple of days later, as I drove to my parent’s house for the funeral, a wild turkey crossed right in front of my car! I couldn’t believe it! I looked up toward the sky and said, “Yeah, I know dad. You know about the platter.” I just laughed, and when I shared this with my mom, she couldn’t believe it.

Fast forward a year. Several days before the anniversary of my dad’s death, my mom went outside to pick up her newspaper. As she unrolled it, she was in disbelief. On the front page was an article about wild turkeys in the area near her home!

Is this a sign from my dad? Is he trying to make us laugh as he sends the message that he is alright? We believe so. We believe that he is now cancer-free, happy, and at peace in the glorious presence of God, the Father Almighty.

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers out there, both living and deceased. We have all been so blessed by your unwavering love and support for your families!

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