Three squeezes means I Love You . . .
A message to and from Heaven 4/21/07

There is a man (Bo) who I was put in touch with who was losing his battle with cancer - he had been given 6 months back in June of 2006, but had lived through Christmas, and I was able to meet him just before the Super Bowl in January, 2007.

He had offered to take a message to Travis for us when God decided his time was done here.

After his favorite team - the Colts - won the Super Bowl, he set small goals - like making it through Valentine's Day - St. Patrick's Day - Easter - then April 16th, he went to Heaven.

I'm so sad for his family, but was hopeful that maybe he could actually remember my message to Travis - it was:

"We all miss you so much. Save up all your adventures to share with us when we get there.

See you in a few years if not before. Love Mom & Dad"

He told me in January that he read my message every day so he wouldn't forget (what a selfless and compassionate person - I'll never forget him).

My neighbor is the person that put us in touch, so I went with her to his Celebration of Life.

I was trying to get a feeling for if I could tell Travis got the message and during the service, my neighbor spoke about Bo - he had asked her to - and she had everyone join hands at the service, & squeeze the hand of the people on either side of us 3 times. She explained that this was a silent message from Bo - three squeezes of the hand - meaning I Love You.

Now for the best part . . . I was so excited when she had us do that, because that is exactly what I did with Travis from the time he was a little boy - I always had to hold his hand pretty firmly at times, because he was so active and wanted to get away and could become in danger, so told him we had a secret code - 3 squeezes meant I Love you - he then would squeeze back 4 squeezes meaning I Love You Too - then I would do 2 squeezes meaning How Much - and he would squeeze my hand as hard as he could to show me how much he loved me! Sometimes he initiated the hand squeeze and it would be reversed. So I felt like that was my silent sign from Travis that he got my message from Bo and was telling me how much he loved me too. It took me a few days to figure out if I was just wanting it to be a message, but when I told my friend about it, she said - "YES! Of course that is your message from him - what better way could he show you?" So I'm convinced.