I meet a lot of great people at my readings, and I love the conversations that stem from these encounters. Like the one I had with a woman I met at a reading in Wilbraham.
In the past year, this woman has lost four people in her life – one being her mother. She is coping well but is understandably very focused on her grief.
She shared this bittersweet story.
She and her two siblings were out to eat in the past six months when they all happened to notice a woman across the restaurant who looked exactly like their late mother. They couldn’t believe it. She was completely identical, straight down to her mannerisms, her expressions.
The woman I met changed seats in order to get a better view of her mother’s lookalike. She loved watching her. She even took a video on her phone.
While I don’t recommend taking videos of strangers, I totally get where she was coming from. I still stare at anyone who resembles Ed. It’s like having a living reminder of him, like a gift.
But not a lot of people feel that way. For some, seeing a lookalike of a deceased friend, relative or partner is hard. It’s a difficult, painful reminder of what they’ve lost. That’s how the woman’s siblings felt.
What’s it like for you?
What do you do when you see a person that reminds you of who you’ve lost?
I’d love to know.