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The scene: three-inch heels trotting along the street, wobbling on the tricky cobblestone every few yards. She might trip. She might fall. But, she’ll get back up. Literally and figuratively.
The twist: There’s a penny on the ground. She doesn’t pick it up. In this story, she knows. It’s a sign. Maybe everything will be alright, after all.
If you’re a believer like me, here are a few things you already know.
1. Energy doesn’t die.
In Better in the Morning, the protagonist Veronica Buccino receives signs from her dead grandparents, Salvatore and Antoinette. In her case, they send her pennies. They don’t actually drop pennies from heaven, nor do they pick the pennies up and place them in front of her. These things are impossible without a human body! And this is not Bewitched. But, they use their energy to make sure that the pennies end up in her path. That she sees them. That she knows they are there as a sign from the other side. That it’s a message – just saying hi or hang in there or we’re rooting for you. Or, as in Better in the Morning, “Stop worrying, little brasciole.”
2. They can visit us in our dreams.
Sal and Ant visit with Veronica in her dreams. When we’re awake, we are more guarded and less open to interacting with energy from the other side. But, when we are asleep, we are more ‘open’ to such interactions and these kinds of dreams are not really dreams but visits. They can be enlightening and comforting as well, even if we don’t remember them. There’s a reason things always seem better in the morning.
3. There are no coincidences.
There are pennies all over the city. On sidewalks. In taxis. On deli counters. Jada, the non-believing friend might say, “They’re everywhere. It’s just a coincidence,” but Veronica, a believer, knows “No such thing.” On subway seats. And bathroom floors. Desks too. A Jada would say, “They fell out of someone’s pocket. They’re not for you,” and a Veronica would respond, “Maybe they’re for you.”
Insert a Jada eye roll and a Veronica shrug. They agree to disagree and drink their pomegranate martinis.
4. If you need a sign, ask for a sign.
Recognizing signs doesn’t always happen in the same way. It could be a realization after so many “coincidences” (‘Could that be you?’). Or an agreement with a loved one before they pass if, let’s say, you’re a weirdo like me (‘Gram, when you die, send me a leaf and I’ll know it’s you’). Or, even, after a passing by just asking because we know that while they are ‘there,’ they are still ‘here,’ too.
And you can speak to them. And you can ask for a sign.
A butterfly? Anything.
A rose? Anything.
A million dollars? It’s a sign, not a genie.
5. Gratitude is the greatest energy of all.
Oftentimes, in our busy lives, our thoughts tend to focus on the things that feel unfixable or may be ‘first world’ problems – I hate my job. I can’t find a good guy. That bitch just stole my taxi/Uber. And that’s OK. Our problems are still our problems, placed in front of us to learn whatever we’re meant to learn, as Sal and Ant explain. But when we’re grateful for everything, including the lessons, the cobblestone path is easier to navigate, heel height notwithstanding.
Last scene (of this guest post for Chicklit Club, which I’m so grateful to be taking part in!): Those three-inch heels trotting along the street, wobbling on the cobblestone, stop still for a moment. That sure is one shiny penny. Then, they take a giant leap forward, landing firmly before continuing on. Literally and figuratively. Everything is going to be alright.