by Dorothy Paugh
Do you ever wonder if and how our departed loved ones communicate with us? On our forum, Brkn mom put many of their names into an app that randomly generates a different heart-shaped graphic each time she adds names and resets it.
A few days ago, the app got "stuck" on the name Peter looming large in the center. For the next five days, no matter how many times she hit reset, added names, changed shapes, fonts or colors, Peter dominated her graphic-- with Ian always close by. Brkn mom created a post on the forum with "Peter" as the title hoping to connect him to his loved one.
Days later, when Peter's mother saw the post, she had no doubt it was a message from her son. Although Ian and Peter had never met on earth, they had ended their earthly existence on the same day three years ago at the age of 25. Peter's mother found this post on his fiancee's birthday with whom she'd just made plans to get together. Ian also left behind a fiancee.
Coincidences? Peter's mother doesn't think so and took all this to mean he was still there and still cares for them both, and he wants them to know that and care for each other. I am Peter's mother, and for years one of my favorite songs has been "The Rainbow Connection" (performed by Jim Henson and written by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher) especially this line:
"Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me."
A Navy veteran, Dorothy Paugh lives with her husband in the Washington, DC area. As a young girl, she lost her father to suicide. In 2012, her middle son Peter followed in his footsteps. Her story and plea for safe gun storage appeared on CNN.com and can be read here.