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© Andrea Petersen
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Make a joyful noise unto the Lord...all the earth: make a loud noise and rejoice, and sing praise...Psalms 98: 4

I have a true story to tell about this music box that I gave to my late mother several years ago for Christmas ...Prior to my giving her this gift we were shopping together at one of the stores that we frequented when my folk's used to visit us ..Mom spotted this music box under the glass case...she loved it dearly and I told her I would buy it for her Christmas present that year.. .It played "Joy to the world." as it revolved around with sprinkles of artificial snow sprinkling throughout the manger scene. Before Mom went into the Nursing Home when she was 101 years old she could not take everything with her so I rescued the Music Box to take home with me.

Mom recently passed away on October 26th at age 102...Two days before her funeral which was scheduled for November 1st, I was getting two picture boards set up for display of family pictures to show at church...I was almost through with this project, when out of the blue, the music box started to play on its own, "Joy To the World." It startled me as I had not turned it on...had not heard it play for a long time and it was clear across the room from me..

Even stranger than this, the next morning when my husband and I were supposed to get up early to meet my sister at the funeral home, (the day before the funeral) and also go to the nursing home where our mother had been residing before she died, to pick out what we wanted of Mom's belongings.. we had forgotten to set the alarm clock...and we were supposed to leave our place at 7:30 AM to get to our destination by 10:00..All of a sudden I heard tapping exactly at 7:30 on the dot that woke me up, but there was no one outside at the door...My husband heard it too but being a logical man he proclaimed it must have been a woodpecker:)...However, it was black as night and foggy outside. We normally don't hear woodpeckers nor any bird activity when it is that dark.. The knocking stopped as soon as I got up..I believe it was Mom from beyond telling us it was time to get up and get going.... We got to our destination a half hour late but it would have been much later if we had not heard the tapping noise. I feel my mother who was always punctual in her active years is still watching over us in spirit.

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  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (7 Nov 2011):

    I got good chills as I read your story. I felt my beloved grandmother Clara's presence several times after she died. No doubt you'll always treasure this beautiful music box, as your mother still does.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (8 Nov 2011):

    A telling addition to JPG's Theme Park

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (8 Nov 2011):

    I believe your mother is watching over you still, Andrea. We know that if we are faithful Christians and believe the words of Our Lord, we shall never die, but pass on to eternal life! I also believe very much in angels. It is so heartwarming to be able to feel the presence of your mother. You always will until you meet again, never to part again. Those are my beliefs.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (8 Nov 2011):

    What a lovely happening and yes, I too believe that it was your Mother!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (8 Nov 2011):

    What a perfect way for your mother to keep in touch with you, and a very heartwarming reminder that those we love live on in spirit. A beautiful entry for this theme!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (8 Nov 2011):

    wonderful entry.I also believe that there are angels among us for protection and comfort.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (8 Nov 2011):

    love this entry Andrea. so much personal meaning to you.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (9 Nov 2011):

    super entry...............

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (9 Nov 2011):

    Andrea, this is a beautiful and special music box that your mom had. I had a similar experience right after my mom died, one of her music boxes began to play, it startled my dad and I. He was amazed as the music box had not been wound or played in a long time. We believe it was my mom telling us that she was in heaven.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (9 Nov 2011):

    Thank you everyone for your kind words..It is good to know you had a similar experience Ann with a music box after your mother died....I think what really surprised me is that the song played from the beginning to the end without
    my winding it and I had not ever heard it do that before. Thank you Ann for
    nominating me for member of the week

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (10 Nov 2011):

    What a great story, Andrea! I have no doubt that you are correct about the tapping. Your mother is very close in heart.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett said (10 Nov 2011):

    So, so personal and poignant!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (10 Nov 2011):

    Beautiful on all levels, great entry as well Andrea !

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (11 Nov 2011):

    A beautiful image and story, Andrea. Yes, I too believe that your Mom is still close in heart...

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (13 Nov 2011):

    Loving memory in a lovely capture, Andrea....

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (16 Nov 2011):

    What a beautiful gift. I believe the ones we love do come visit us shortly after they leave. I am glad your mama got you up in time.

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (17 Nov 2011):

    Yes your mother was with you and you will feel her for a long time as she guides you through your life

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