The Canoe Sent From Heaven
One night when my then boyfriend (now hubs) was working night shift, the phone rang. I did not recognize the number so I reluctantly answered.
The voice asked for my boyfriend and I told him that he wasn’t available right now. Being the polite person I am I asked if he wanted to leave a message. The next words took me by surprise.
“Just tell him that he won a canoe.”
“Excuse me? A canoe?”
“Yes, he won a canoe!”
“But he never told me anything about a canoe.”
“Oh, he entered a raffle and he won the main prize which includes a (insert make here) canoe, life jackets, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment.”
“OK, I will let him know. Thank you for calling.”
When the hubs returned home the next morning I told him about his winnings. He was shocked. He usually never wins anything and neither do I.
A few days later, a memory came to the surface.
When hubs and I first started dating we were invited to a wedding in my hometown. The groom worked for my dad’s business and my parents were very good friends of the couple. They even asked my mom to cater the reception. (My mom was a fantastic cook. One of her many talents I did not inherit.) The couple wanted to have a pig roast and my mom was in charge of side dishes, salads and maybe even desserts.
The wedding reception was being held outdoors in the backyard of one of the couple’s family members. Hubs and I were thirsty and so we headed to where the drinks were. We gathered around and started visiting with other invited guests (many of whom I happened to be related to). Hubs received quite the family history lesson at that wedding.
My mom approached us and made a shocking announcement. Now, this was not at all abnormal for my mother. She was quite forward and always spoke her mind.
“When you two get married,” looking straight at hubs and myself, “you guys should have a reception just like this.”
I responded, “when we get married?”
“Yes! And you can use a canoe like this one to hold all of the ice and drinks like they have done. Isn’t it a great idea?”
“OK” was about all I say.
I had only been dating hubs for about two weeks and my mom was already planning our wedding and reception!
Now, I do not know if you believe in coincidences or fate but I am. In the past few years I have experienced a few unbelievable and what some may say amazing twists of fate.
This canoe was one of them.
When I received the call that hubs had won a canoe we were engaged and in the process of planning our own wedding. I truly believe that my mom was trying to send us a message and wanted us to know that in some small but strange way that she was still with us.
And she sure wanted us to have a canoe at our wedding.