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Love, it’s what Makes a Heart, a Heart

March 1, 2016


love cellWe love technology, but can it love us back? Are you more connected to your cell phone than to your partner? Do you hold your phone when you walk instead of holding a hand? Yes, phones, tablets and laptops are great at organizing and simplifying our lives, but I bet most of us would rather receive a real hug and kiss than an “XOXO.” At least that’s what I used to think.

My mom recently celebrated her birthday. What is usually a happy occasion was this year saddened, as the first two callers on her special day were always her father and brother who both passed away in December. Not getting those calls this year left a hole in her heart. Then something happened. Unbeknownst to her (or my “techie” dad), for more than a year they had been receiving voice messages through a cloud service they didn’t know about, having only checked the machine in the den. Over a hundred messages (mostly telemarketers) filled their inbox. But there were two personal messages and they were from Papa and Mark. What’s more, they were birthday greetings from the year before, saved as though for this very reason.

mark emailThen two weeks ago I finished cleaning out my uncle Mark’s apartment. The last item I removed was his computer. I had gone through his files, copied some, deleted some and just as I was about to log out for the last time before disposing of it, something caught my eye. Mark had a second email account, one he’d set up as a back up. I scrolled through the inbox, about a dozen emails, all spam. Then I checked the Sent box. There was just one email written five years ago. And it was sent to me.

Hi. It’s me your crazy uncle

I froze. Was it a sign from the other side? I wish. No, I knew it was just a random test email, emanating from a cold, heartless piece of machinery, but at that moment, it had the power to warm my heart.


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  1. Shelly Cohen permalink

    Thanks Felice..This blog warmed my heart..”I carry both their hearts in mine”.

  2. james nomikos permalink

    felice, this one is one of your best! thanks naomi

  3. Tom Olverson permalink

    Great entry, Felice!

  4. Dana Arschin permalink

    I am close with a very legit-psychic medium. She’s honestly unbelievable and I swear by her. If you’re interested I’d be happy to pass her info along. She’s met with 10+ of my friends and they were all blown away, some keep going back to her. Hope you’re doing ok. xoxo

  5. I love this post so much. Your writing never fails to bring on both laughter and tears.

  6. Auntie M permalink

    I knew M
    she would get a sign on her birthday, & there it was. Always watch, they are there. Sending love & hugs, waiting for the real thing. xoxoxo Auntie M

  7. Deborah Golden permalink

    Call me crazy. I don’t believe in life after death but I talk to my Dad sometimes and he died 16 years ago. He doesn’t talk back but I keep on yapping. Love you Felice.

  8. Marilyn Solomon permalink

    Great Post as usual! Heard papa’s and Mark’s voices on your Uncle Syd’s phone!
    Miss them and you down here! 😘💗💞🌹

  9. Richard Aberson permalink

    Not a happy birthday for your mom this year, though here’s wishing her many good ones for countless years ahead.

  10. Since I started to email, text, or call everyone more than 10 years ago, I’ve noticed that my hand writing has gotten really bad. It’s to the point where I can’t even sign my name correctly most of the time. I forget letters in my last name and it’s very sloppy. I can only guess it’s because I’m used to pressing buttons and not using a pen. One downside to technology I think.

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