(More) Pennies From Heaven

I’ve written here before about my dad’s love of motorcycling during his life and how he also loved the story about pennies from Heaven – how when an angel is thinking about you, they send a penny to remind you.  Since my dad passed away in 2009, I have found many, many pennies.  Most memorable of course are the 21 I found in the tank bag of my first bike.  I carry those with me on the bike to this day, in his memory.

Last week was a rough one for me.  It brought some personal news I was not prepared for and felt like a giant boulder was flung into my life.  It’s nothing that can’t be overcome, but I needed some time to sort through things.  In one day it seemed I went through all the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance.  These stages are not linear of course and I found myself bouncing between denial and bargaining many, many times.

On Friday afternoon my riding buddy texted me about going for a ride after work.  At first I didn’t want to do anything but go home and mope around.  But I know that riding is good therapy for me, so I said yes.  It turned out to be just what I needed to shake off the week and let my mind work through all that had happened.

At some point in the evening we stopped at a gas station to discuss where we were heading next.  We were both parked near a tire air station and as I looked over, I noticed pennies on the ground – 3 of them lined up in a perfect row at the base of the air station.  I mentioned it to my friend and as he came to look he said hey, there’s some more.  Oh, and here!  And look at these!  In all, we found 14 pennies.  I knew it was my dad, my angel letting me know he’s always with me and that everything will be ok.In addition to riding, this was exactly what I needed.

I don’t yet know exactly what is next, but I know that I can handle it, whatever it is.  There is always something to be grateful for and I am grateful that my angels remind me they are with me when I need them the most.

By the way, I have several more posts to write about the trip to British Columbia.  I haven’t forgotten; I simply felt that this post needed to be written first.

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