You ever have that happen? You think of something small, something you haven’t thought of in ages, and then suddenly, it’s everywhere?
It happened to me a while back with that old saying: “Cardinals appear when angels are near.”
I was drafting the first Ruby’s Place installment, and was working my way through the scene in which a cardinal knocks Angela’s knit hat off her head, forcing her to pause, take another look at the old Ruby’s Place bar. There’s really just something about cardinals and Christmas…In the first place, they’re so strikingly beautiful, those red spots on stark white snowy backgrounds. Almost like a bright warm ray in cold, brutal times. You can’t help but smile when you see a cardinal in the snow.
The cardinal–and the old saying–made it’s way into the first Ruby’s Place manuscript, and into the sequel, I Remember You.
This year, as I was drafting the new installment (Sentimental Journey), I began to see the saying everywhere. I’m not joking. Christmas cards and notepaper…I even got this T-shirt as a gift:
It’s almost eerie when that kind of thing happens…but pleasantly so.
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May cardinals brighten your windowsills all winter long!