|Cindy and Tina|
Late one night, which was when we usually texted or talked, I sent a text to her number. To my surprise, I immediately received a text back. I couldn't believe my eyes when her name flashed across the screen!
I caught my breath and tried to read the message through the tears in my eyes. For years, no matter when I texted Cindy, she would always text right back. I thought for sure I was finally waking up from the horrible nightmare that had taken place over the past three months.
Maybe Cindy hadn't died, and she was answering back with her usual "Tina, it is after midnight, time to play name that tune!" We would forever be asking each other "What is the name of . . . you know the song that goes like this. . . "
But it wasn't.
It was someone else telling me, "You have the wrong number."
After apologizing for texting so late, I explained what had happened and told the other person, "So sorry, it will not happen again."
I got a unexpected response.
"Sorry for your loss. Blessings to you and yours. All things happen for a reason. Maybe ur sister reached out through me. Have a good night!"
|Cindy holding her baby sister, Tina|
I locked the message into my phone that night and still, almost four years after my sister's death, when I need to know she's there, I read the message.
You never know what your actions could mean to someone. The smallest thing could make a huge difference.
I just thought I would share what taking a moment to care can do.
|Cindy, Tina, and Lori--sisters forever|
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If you'd like to read more about our journey through the loss of our sister, you can read about it here:
Have I Told You Lately that I Love You?
Is There an Empty Chair at Your Table?
Upcoming Speaking Event
Riverbend Community Church, 1015 Corley Mill Rd. in Lexington, SC has invited me to share "Are You a Worry Wart or a Warrior Woman?" at their Spring Luncheon on Saturday, May 3, from 12-2.
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