A couple of nights ago I had the most beautiful and soul-stirring dream.
It was as a regular day and I was with my kids and husband. We were playing outside, laughing and running around.
I turned around and out of nowhere a door appeared. It was suspended in thin air and as the door opened, out walked my beloved departed grandmothers, Abuela Mercedes and Abuelita Lilia, as well as my Tia Tillie, someone who had been like a surrogate grandmother to me since I was young child.
They were all laughing and talking animatedly to each other.
I was beyond ecstatic and shocked to see them (of note, I have never had a dream where they have all visited me together).
We hugged and I even swooped up my Abuela Mercedes and carried her around in my arms for a few minutes.
They were so happy to be face to face with me – they were happy to see me with my family and happy to see me fulfilled in my life and work.
I felt so much love and connection being in their presence.
Then one of my dogs barked and I woke up startled and disappointed that I had been pulled out of my dream.
I tried to go back to sleep but just couldn’t, so I lay in bed savoring the memory of those fleeting moments together, longing to be with those sage and loving women again.
I’ve been thinking about that dream a lot in the last few days, and beyond the love and connection I felt from being in their presence again, I have been reflecting on the many things that they taught me while they were here on earth.
They say that when an elder dies, a library is lost forever, and I believe that to be true.
My Abuela Mercedes, Abuelita Lilia, and Tia Tillie taught me a lot about how to live.
We are so consumed with leading productive lives that we forget the simplest, most profound, and most compelling ways to live. My grandmothers showed me a different way through their example and their memory serves as a reminder for me to seek the simpler path.
When my Abuela Mercedes passed away 3 years ago (at the ripe age of 103!), I wrote a tribute to her, and I wanted to share it with you.