Now the backstory: I totally am an LDS member. I believe in Christ and the atonement. I believe in a premortal life, a mortal life, and have had to rely on Robert’s testimony of a hereafter where I will see my loved ones again. It’s not that I don’t believe in a hereafter. I do. I have just never been here. It’s not my gift to know/understand about it but it has always been Robert’s gift. and I have relied totally on his testimony of this for years even tho I have wondered why it was not my spiritual gift nor why he is so sure about ti. But altho I don’t have to see my mom, I just want the assurance that she knows we’ve redone her kitchen, we are still active, etc, etc., etc. But I seem to be weepier this season than in the past. I wonder what my father Henry is like, is he around or near me. What are my grandparents doing.
So off we go to see "Coco"…a movie I knew nothing about other than it was a cartoon and I am usually very hesitant to even go see animated shows. I found myself weeping and was glad the boys were so into the movie that they didn’t notice my tears. But it was a delightful movie and suddenly, I felt the odd confirming assurance that my dead relatives are truly still involved with me and my life and my family. It was the long awaited confirmation and so strange having come through this particular movie. But I am grateful the Lord answers prayers in ways we each can hear, if we listen.
Yesterday we had dinner with Marissa and family and I asked her about the various elements of the Day of the Dead (and this was after I fell down her stairs from the upstairs bedroom and really did a number on my poor old body but I have a doctor’s appt at 2 today so all will be taken care of) as I sat and tried not to move. I have never been a fan of marigolds but you can bet I’ll be planting some next summer and hope there will be some petals left come end of October. I shall strew them to our doors in hope this tradition will call forth my dead to know they are always welcome to drop in. I might even buy a couple sugar skulls.
Thank you for sharing your sweet story and your new found testimony of our ancestors! The Latin culture is so rich in their customs/traditions and that is what I love most about them...they are very traditional people but their traditions mean something to their whole culture not just them personally! So whether you are Catholic or not, Day of the Dead is important to them! Gives you a whole new perspective on the sugar skull, doesn't it? Now I would rather decorate for day of the dead instead of Halloween. I like Halloween but I absolutely dislike all the gory, horror, and blood associated with this holiday. Brandy