“Always Near”

Behind the dashing sword carrying officer, you can just make out the flaps of a Sister's headpiece......I could never see her face......

Behind the dashing sword carrying officer, you can just make out the flaps of a Sister’s headpiece……I could never see her face……

I had a nice time in Gettysburg over the weekend, at my booksigning. It was a bittersweet 150th Anniversary year. My close friend passed away in May. She was a licensed Battlefield Guide, a Civil War Historian, and author. She and I would surely have spent the anniversary together.
But, in a way, we did.
There was a Civil War fashion show at the Museum where my booksigning was held. One of the attendees was dressed in a Civil War Catholic Sister’s habit; my friend had worn a very similar costume some years earlier. I never did see her face, she was always just out of my view, or hidden by some foliage. All I could see was the immense white flaps of her headpiece…just like the one my friend had worn.
After my morning booksigning, my husband and I went out to lunch in a small cafe outside Gettysburg. When we walked in, my husband remarked, doesn’t she look like your friend. And sure enough, the lady sitting at the first table, bore quite a resemblance to her.
On Sunday, we drove about an hour from Gettysburg and visited my friend’s grave. I had brought a little pirate ship, encased in a glass box, to put on her grave. We called each other Mateys, and dreamed of adventures we might set sail on……but those adventures were not to be. She left too soon.
I couldn’t leave the pirate ship; the cemetery allowed no plantings or statues.
Maybe that was why she lingered so near all weekend……to let me know she wasn’t in the cemetery, she was around me all the time….sharing the 150th Anniversary and sharing my booksigning….letting me know I need never set solitary sail ……for a Matey will be always near.

About sknobloch

I am an Author, Artist, and Reiki Master and Intuitive Counselor, offering energy and guidance sessions on people and beloved pet companions. I divide my time between a Northern NJ suburb of Manhattan and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I enjoy pursuing paranormal explorations in this uniquely haunted town. Read more about me at www.briarrosereiki.com and http://shirlknoblochwillowfineartprintsandphotography.zenfolio.com/ All writings and photos © Shirl Knobloch.......no unauthorized copying or use permitted without written permission from the author and photographer, Shirl Knobloch.
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