Then, as I drove home from work, the strangest thing happened. I was listening to the radio, and the announcer came on to give away two tickets to see Evanescence in Milwaukee in October. Tenth caller wins. I didn’t have my phone up front with me, but just on a total whim, I grabbed it out of my bag in back and dialed. Busy. Damn. Hit “End.” Hit “Talk” to redial. “CONGRATULATIONS YOU WIN!” “What? Are you serious?”
It was totally surreal. I have never won anything on the radio – instead, I get the busy signal every time I try! He took down all my info, explained how it will work once they get the tickets in house, and even gave me a first-name/last-name/hometown callout on the air. (About 8:45 last night on 95.1FM by the way, didja hear it?) How cool is that?
But here’s the kicker: I don’t believe in coincidence. Three years ago, during the week following her death, my family spent days cleaning out Nana’s house in Huntley. On one of those days, I needed some down time, alone, so I headed up to Borders in Crystal Lake. While there, I bought a CD: Fallen, by Evanescence. Then, on our first family vacation without Nana several months later, the band was playing in a Tahoe casino near where we were staying. When I made an iPod mix for Kim with music from our years together, I chose “My Immortal” to symbolize that part of our life: the acoustic version is still one of the most haunting melodies I have ever heard.
After her memorial service, one of Nana’s friends told us about these feelings Nana used to get. Sort of like the “I’m not getting on that plane and then it crashes” types of feelings. Like somehow she was connected to the universe on a sort of higher level than the rest of the world. All I can think is that last night, three years after her passing, she is still somehow connected to our lives every day, and wanted to be sure we knew it.
Happy b-day! Today is Matt Kelly’s birthday, he of the “I’m gonna’ win the ‘cross worlds as a junior and then do some other stuff before coming back to the sport and becoming a pro …” way of doing things. Happy birthday!
ONLY 123 DAYS TO NATZ!!