I just got back from Iowa a few minutes ago. I had gone down with some coworkers to present to ISU students what it is like working in IT for my company.
This morning I had a few minutes to spare, so I headed over to the Ames cemetery to see my friend Katie, and wish her a happy (belated -- she would have turned 27 yesterday) birthday. I smiled upon arrival when I saw a few Happy Birthday balloons flapping in the wind, anchored to some flowers and small gifts.
I stood there for a while, not really thinking about anything, but just staring down and enjoying in that moment (as much as I could) the beautiful sunny day. I was getting pretty sad, and decided to squat down close to the ground.
The wind this entire time was blowing away from me, toward the east. But the second I knelt down close to her grave, the wind changed direction and one of the Happy Birthday balloons smacked me right on the head. The next second, the wind changed back and was blowing east again. I started laughing out loud and a large smile crept across my face. I think it was Katie's way of saying "hi".