It was summer 2013 and my family took a vacation to Wales, UK to see my husband's family. His parents immigrated to Canada from Wales years before and we knew that his Gran and her husband wouldn't be able to make the trip to Canada anymore. We wanted to make sure we saw them before it was too late. My daughter, AT was four at the time. She has often said interesting things about family members who have previously died. When my grandma died it was devastating to me and a few nights later she said "she doesn't want you to blame yourself, you saw her more than you even needed to". When I asked her who told her that, she said "it will be alright P". This is exactly what my grandma always said to me. ~ But back to Wales.... we went on a long walk to find a park. We found it, played for a while and after everyone was exhausted, we cut through a cemetery thinking it was a short cut. All of a sudden my daughter stopped walking. She was standing beside a tree and a bench. We asked her to hurry up and she said no, that she needed me to take a picture of her. We asked her to get off the stone and she refused, so we took the photo and rushed back to see my husband's Grandma. While we were there my husband brought up the cemetery. His Gran said she wished she knew we were going there because she would have told us to stop at the bench close to the beginning of the path to say hi to her 1st husband, 'Grandpa Movies'. While she was talking, AT was smiling. We showed her the picture and she said that that is amazing because that is where he is buried. ~ PT
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