A few days ago, I walked into my spare room and I felt an overpowering presence of my late maternal grandma. I stopped short as I suddenly recalled a gospel song she taught us and the joy on her face whenever she was singing praises to God. My grandma was a good Christian woman who loved and served the Lord with all her heart until she passed away about three years. Many a time, while visiting us when we were younger, she saved us from beatings after we had been naughty. She would never finish off her meals without offering us some out of it especially the last morsels and her meat or fish.
I had plans to visit my grandma as soon as I relocated to Nigeria and I was really looking forward to her seeing my children and husband, alas I left it too late. She passed away just a few weeks before I had my daughter and I still really wish I had seen her physically at least one more time before she passed on. I say "physically" because I recall what happened to me the day the news was broken to me that she had passed away. That afternoon, I was lying down in my living room when I suddenly felt a cool breeze blow through and I heard her name "Abigail" being called out thrice. I struggled to sit up (yes, my baby bump was that huge) and I looked around me. I suddenly felt goose pimples all over my arms and I honestly did not know what to make of what I had just experienced. I tried to call my aunt whom I knew was tending to her but I couldn't get through to her on phone.
We got a call that night that she had passed on. Sadly, we missed the funeral as well. I still remember my nana very fondly and often too. I know she's up in heaven watching over my family and I. It was weirdly pleasant and comforting feeling her aura around me the other day. One thing I learnt from this experience is to never procrastinate making a call or paying a visit to anyone the moment they cross my mind. I've had instances where someone would cross my mind and I would pick up the phone to call them and they would say "oh, I was just thinking about you/of calling you as well". I know now that there is no better time than the present, so I do my best to catch up.
Don't leave certain things till it is too late to do anything about them. If you love someone, let them know it and show it too. If you are rebuffed, at least you tried rather than lose out to fear or procrastination. Show love when you can, appreciate people while they are still alive.