In one of my previous posts I mentioned the name of a lovely lady I met, Jennifer Monteith. A quick recap. I met Jennifer at the Exhibition Place when I went there to register for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Here is a quick recap.
I was walking around at the exhibition centre looking for a WiFi spot. One of the volunteers at the expo directed to a shop just outside the exhibition hall. She told me the lady working at that shop is there every day and she would know best. So that is where I went and this is where I got to meet Jennifer. She gave me directions to where I was able to connect to WiFi and after I send the message to Karen I returned to the shop just to thank Jen for her kind assistance and this is when we started to chat.
Jennifer was born in Kingston Jamaica and hailed to Canada in 1964. She started out in the fashion industry and was the first black model to appear in the Eaton’s catalogue in the 60’s. Later, she appeared in other catalogues such as, JC Penny, Sears & Roebuck, King Patters and Bride & Groom Magazine. Jennifer also enjoyed a successful runway career doing Eaton’s Young Toronto Shop shows across Canada.
We ended up talking and sharing the wikipedia version of our own stories and I realized once again, we all have a story to tell, sometimes we are just in too much of a hurry and or don’t care enough to listen to people.
Anyway, I am flying back home tonight and am spending the last day at Karen’s work before we leave for the airport later. I was on Facebook doing some catching up on everything and everyone back home and I ended up on Jennifer’s Facebook page and as I glanced over to the right top part of the screen I noticed something, “Born on December 21”. This is my mom’s birthday too and there, at that moment I had an aha moment.
When I met Jennifer the first time, she said goodbye and we shared a hug. That hug was different, it was special, it was somehow personal and connected. I actually do not have a better word to describe it as being “familiar”.
Anyway, I boxed that and thought I’m being silly. Well, suddenly, when I saw Jen’s birth date, I recalled that first and second hug and I realized, Mom was here with me; she found an angel in Toronto, Canada to deliver a hug from her, a hug I so longed for, for so many years since her passing in 2000. Now I know that Mom is watching my every move, she is with me, wherever I go, and I now know she rejoices with me in every moment of joy and excitement, but also shed her tears with me when I am sad. After so many years Mom found a willing soul to deliver this very important message to me, 13,300kms from home.
I shared this with Jen and this is what she had to say about it in her reply to me this morning:
“Thank you for that share, December 21st ! “Wow” I do remember that hug very well, and can say I wondered how different it felt, to hug a stranger with such comfort and familiarity.”
This just underlined that what I felt was different and that connection was indeed there. I firmly believe that the sign I saw that morning was part of Mom’s plan to lead me to the angel she had lined up for me to deliver the message; the hug and the assurance that I am never alone.
I did some digging into the meaning of Jennifer’s name and look what I found. I think this is so awesome and true.
“From a Cornish form of the Old Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (Guenevere). Jennifer’s are an extremely rare beauty inside & out. They are loyal to friends & family & will stand by you as long as you will let them; very supportive. They know how to love no other way than hard. Jennifer’s have a deep passion for life & the things that are important to them. Sometimes their passion can be mistaken for attitude but, let it be known, it’s only because they are misunderstood by some; their passion is real & for no other purpose. Jennifer’s are naturally beautiful – making some green with envy of their natural features; so it is only fitting that they have keen interest in the nature around them & preserving natural beauty. They were born with it & are wired to love & care for things in their natural state as well as all creatures big and small. Jennifer’s will be there through the good times & the bumps along the way. Their friendship does not thin, it is not a fair-weather friendship. It is as real as the Jennifer you encounter. Strong & supportive; beautiful & timeless. Should you come across a Jennifer make them your best friend and hold onto them forever; I know I will.”
A last thought. The other night at the “Wild about wellness” event in Hamilton, Karen Schmutz said, “There are no mistakes” This statement lingered in my thoughts for a few days, and now I know why. It was part of the bigger plan, I just did not know it yet.
I made a promise to Jennifer to stay in touch and I will because there is a reason why we met and it is about more than just the here and now. I am excited to see how this will unfold. All I can say is be open to what life throws at you and embrace every day, grab every moment and make the most of it, because like the sign said, “My life is all I have“