My aunt’s spirit came to visit me the night she died.
I remember it like a midnight fog.
I got up from my bed and let her in.
I don’t remember conversation, just the distinct sense of saying goodbye.
In the morning I woke, thinking it was just another dream, but as I made my way into the living room, past the piano, I noticed the front door ajar, and the reality of the experience came back.
The next week I received a letter from my uncle telling me she had passed, the same day and hour of her visit.
He enclosed a photo of her standing in the cornfield.
He said she was reaching skyward to show how tall the corn had grown, but I saw a farewell wave, a final and loving goodbye.
I’d written a letter ten years earlier, telling her of my love, and expressing all that she’d meant to me. My uncle told me she carried it in her apron pocket until the day she died.
written May 21, 2008