A Delightful Surprise

My phone seems to have a mind of its own of late, and the other evening I saw that it had auto-dialed the bugler who played Taps in 2021 at my husband’s burial. I quickly hung up the phone.

But when he learned someone at an unknown number had tried to reach him, he decided to return the call and find out who had called. I told him what had happened, that I had not meant to call him, but that my phone auto-dialed by mistake.

I explained that he was the bugler at my husband’s graveside service. His wife had accompanied him that day. I gave him my name, the name of the cemetery, and then mentioned the reception held in the fellowship hall of a nearby church. I had hired a caterer so that all the attendees could take some time to nibble food while talking to friends and family who knew and loved Ron.

All of that jogged his memory. I thought that would be the end of our conversation, but no, it wasn’t. He took delight in sharing news of the adventures he and his wife were having. He talked about health issues that were resolved. But what particularly cheered me was that he had a fun event booked shortly. He was looking forward to playing in a Polish dance band in a few weeks.

What a delightful conversation that sprang from my auto-dialed mistake!

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6 Responses to A Delightful Surprise

  1. Every now and then, God polks in to our lives in the oddest and nicest wasys. You deserved a little sunshine!

  2. Judith McCorkle says:

    What a great story!! It added some brightness to my day!!

  3. Joe Rinderknecht says:

    Building on Mark’s insight, I’ve come to believe from experience that God is always and everywhere present in love and Grace if we can remember to be open and listen trusting for that love. And not just in joyful events but also in suffering as the Saints show us. There is no place separate from God!

  4. I love these chance curves in our paths that lead us to wonderful events. A few years back, I was upset about family court stuff and decided to take my daily walk in a park. For some reason, the trails were closed, so, further “annoyed,” I went to Annapolis to walk off my angst. Lo and behold, West Street was closed off for the Chocolate Festival!!! Just what I needed! I’d never have discovered it if the park had been open. Yehaw!

  5. John C. says:

    Sometimes ” accidents ” happen for a reason. Just maybe that I won’t say what most people say turns out to be a small blessing!

  6. AECRM says:

    Thanks, all! It appears that this widow stuff takes some getting used to. It is delightful to have such a surprise that lightens the grief and cheers on a new day. I appreciate you stopping by & leaving comments! Many Thanks! AECRM

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