Three summers ago I broke down crying, while sitting in my car at the end of the driveway, talking to my mom on the phone. After weeks of "being strong" the emotions would no longer remain contained.
My father had just come out of surgery but I couldn't be with my family because someone I love at home was also in the hospital with a heart infection. The pain of not being with my parents and the worry of losing someone close overtook me.
As I blubbered to my dear mom, who was still holding it together, I looked out my car window and saw a hummingbird.
In that moment everything seemed to change.
Since that day I have been watching for hummingbirds every summer. And they appear with regularity.
Today I saw my first hummingbird of the summer. According to my extensive research (I googled it) Hummingbirds are "considered to be symbols of peace, love and happiness. They teach about self-discovery and healing. Hummingbirds also serve as a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible and will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances".
How cool is that?