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My Mother's Day Cardinal Experience

When Theresa writes non-fiction, it is always somehow related to an event or something that touched her personal life in some manner.

Cardinal in Winter on Branch CC0 Public Domain

Cardinal in Winter on Branch CC0 Public Domain

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all.

— Emily Dickinson

Dedicated to My Brother

Too Cold Outside for Angels to Fly - December 20, 2012

Yes, you read it right; I am dedicating this Mother's Day hub to my dear brother.

I'll never forget what my brother told me on that bitter cold day when his cell phone rang, and he was told our lovely Mother had a major life event. His response to the caller must have sounded a bit odd, for you see our family had just been told our dear Mother had improved so much and was strong enough to be able to go home. Our family noticed this amazing progress in our Mother's physical health too. Naturally, in that mindset, my brother replied to the caller by saying that he already knew of the wonderful news; our Mother was going home! And home she did go.

After a few moments, the reality of what he had just heard hit him. My brother told me the song playing on the car radio was, “It's Too Cold Outside for Angels to Fly". My brother asked me if I believed it was too cold outside for our Mother's guardian angel to fly.

It hurts my heart to think that song will forever haunt my brother's memory of the day our Mother left this world to go on to her true home. Our Mother was an angel on this earth.

From Veteran's Day 2012 Forward

Since Veteran's Day of that same year, when our precious Mother first became so ill, our family experienced so many highs and lows. We just knew the sweet Lord God had allowed us that extra little bit of special time with our dear Mother, where we were a witness to miraculous events. I remember my scientifically-minded brother, who is a Planetary Geologist, saying, "There's something going on here, like magic or maybe a miracle."

It's too cold outside

For angels to fly

Angels to fly

To fly, fly

For angels to fly, to fly, to fly

For angels to die

— Ed Sheeran


CC0 Public Domain Cardinal

CC0 Public Domain Cardinal

A Cardinal Experience

Just what is a “Cardinal experience” you ask? Well, I had never heard of such an experience before, and did not realize I may have had one until much later after I happened to be searching online for images of Cardinals.

First, before I go on, let me stress that I have never been superstitious about anything in my life, and I am not now.

Thank you for allowing me to share with you about my true life experience on Mother's Day of 2014.

That's me when I was a small child and my brother is the first one walking up the hill, followed by our little friends. The Dogwoods were so young, as were we.

That's me when I was a small child and my brother is the first one walking up the hill, followed by our little friends. The Dogwoods were so young, as were we.

Mother's Day 2014

Cardinal Angel Homeward Bound

Cardinal Angel Homeward Bound

Every Christmas

Every Christmas card I received from my dear Mother always had a Cardinal on it in the snow. I wished I'd thought to ask her why she held the Cardinal so dear.


I woke up early that morning and brewed myself some coffee and checked my email on my laptop, which was sitting on our breakfast table in the kitchen. I love sitting there early in the morning looking out the large window at one end of the kitchen.

I remember being lost in thought about my dear Mother and thinking back to my childhood when my Mother and I were feeding the Red Cardinals sunflower seeds, which they love. My Mother was a lover of all birds, but especially the beautiful red songbird.

Growing up in Georgia, I enjoyed seeing the Cardinals perched on our many Dogwood trees in our backyard, while listening to their special song. The Cardinal certainly has a unique song that I am always able to recognize.

While sitting there at my breakfast table, still lost in thought about my Mother, I began to hear a lovely little song coming from just outside my window. The song became louder and then all of a sudden, out of the corner of my eye, I caught a flash of red. I immediately looked towards the large window and sitting right there on the windowsill was a beautiful Cardinal singing a lovely song! After just a few brief moments, the lovely red bird took flight.

I thought about how big of a coincidence it was for me to be thinking about feeding the red songbirds with my Mother and then for one to appear like that out of the blue, or was it a coincidence? I will mention that I had not seen any Cardinals around our home in quite a long while before that day.

Then late that evening after returning home from visiting my daughter, I was sitting alone at the breakfast table, again deep in thought about the day’s events. To my delight and surprise, once again, I heard a lovely little song just outside the window, followed by a tap, tap! My blinds were closed as it was dark outside. I did not want to disturb the sweet songbird by turning on the lights or opening the blinds, and so I just sat quietly and listened to its lovely song and thought of my precious Mother. It was as if that sweet little songbird knew I was home and sitting right there. I smiled. I remember having the sweetest dreams that night.

What a special blessing to have been visited twice by this lovely little red songbird on that particular Mother's Day, especially with it wanting to make its presence known to me.

Cardinal in Flight

Cardinal in Flight

Cardinal in Flight

Cardinals are Magnificent Birds with a Lifespan of up to 15 Years


• Hope

• Joy

• Health

• Rejuvenation

• Celebration

What is a Cardinal Experience?

Female Cardinal

File: Northern Cardinal Female -27527.jpg Ken Thomas 2007-02-25 PD-self

File: Northern Cardinal Female -27527.jpg Ken Thomas 2007-02-25 PD-self

Cardinal Angel Facts

The word cardinal comes from the Latin word, "cardo", meaning key or chief.

"Malach" is the Hebrew word for angel. It means messenger.

Cardinal Angels are the chief or highest in the hierarchy of Archangels.

There are four cardinal directions, four winds, four seasons, four elements, and only four Cardinal Angels:

  • Michael (considered the head or chief angel)
  • Gabriel
  • Raphael
  • Uriel

In the angelic realm, the number of Archangels is generally accepted as seven or more.


As I mentioned earlier, I had never heard of this “Cardinal Experience” before, but later became aware of it while searching online for images of Cardinals when I happened to stumble upon so many others who had this “Cardinal Experience”. It is fascinating to read of all the similar experiences just as I had that Mother's Day. I’m not sure when this "legend," for lack of a better word, began of when a Cardinal comes to visit your yard meaning it's a visitor from Heaven or that angels are near.

It's a lovely thought, however, as I stated, I am not one to believe in such folklore or tales. Having said that, however, I am quite aware that there are things in this life that happen which are beyond our understanding. Regardless, I’m happy to have had the lovely red songbird visit me on Mother’s Day. Whether it was just a coincidence the lovely songbird appeared when it did, or if it was something of the supernatural, matters not to me. It does, however, make me happy and thankful to have had that sweet little visitor on Mother's Day.

Dearest Brother ...To Answer Your Question

It wasn't too cold outside for our dear Mother's guardian angel to fly, for they both took flight that very day heading straight into the loving arms of our sweet Lord God in Heaven. I am reminded of God's truth, "Absent the body; present with the Lord." You and I both know our Mother was an angel on this earth. Love you, "Big Sis"

Cardinal Doing the Angel Wing

Cardinal doing the Angel Wing

Cardinal doing the Angel Wing

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So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

— 2 Corinthians 5: 6-8

Happy Mother's Day

Today, at this very moment on this glorious Mother's Day, as I am about to hit the publish button on this hub, I am listening to the beautiful song of a magnificent red songbird just outside in the trees. I am smiling. I believe there is an angel visiting today.

Happy Mother's Day!

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