Do YOU believe in signs? Do YOU believe that God or Allah may send messages to us through signs? Do YOU believe that a loved one who has passed could send a sign to let you feel loved or give hope? I’m still thinking hard on my own feelings and views on the topic. However on Friday, 21 May, as I participated in an American Cancer Society, Relay for Life event, I did feel close to Abdullah. I certainly felt that his aura or presence was there. Why, you may likely ask?
Abdullah always enjoyed music and as a couple during our all too short life together, we had our favorite songs. Some I would sing to him, some he would sing to me and others we would sing together. During the Relay for Life I attended there was a band which played for several hours. Was it a coincidence or not that the band played the top three songs Abdullah and I enjoyed most as a couple?
The first song the band played was Eric Clapton’s, Wonderful Tonight. I sang this song to Abdullah many times starting from when we first met in Pakistan up to just before he passed away, even changing the words at times to be more reflective of us as a couple. I’d inject a few “Habetek habibi” (I love you my love) into the words and Abdullah’s piercing brown eyes would darken so much with emotion they looked to be jet black.
The second song was Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler. This beautiful song we would sing to each other and insisting that the words were meant for the other. My proud Saudi husband’s eyes would pool up with tears of emotion when he heard this song.
And the last one the band played and sang was the old favorite by Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World.” When I heard it at the Relay for Life while walking around the track, all I had to do was close my eyes and I could envision Abdullah clearly as he would sing that song to me and always make me smile and feel all was great with life. We did indeed have a wonderful world together.
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