This I Believe

olivia - largo, Maryland
Entered on May 7, 2007
Age Group: 30 - 50
Themes: afterlife
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“On Reincarnation”

I believe in Reincarnation. A belief that some essential part of a

living being (in some variations only human beings) survives

death to be reborn in a new baby. I was told by my father that

he was so close to his grandmother, whenever he visited her

he would buy cow-feet and beef for her, because she loved that

so much. So when she was on her sick bed about to give up, she

called my father and told him that in her next life, she would

come back as my father’s daughter because he treated her so nicely

as an old woman. My father never believed this, he thought it was

a mere word of an old dying woman and besides that, my parents

are Christians. Later on, my mother had a baby girl, that girl

was me. The exact marks on my great grand mother’s chest are

the same marks on my chest, the same design and on the same spot.

To cut the long story short, when I turned two, my father

said he was eating at the dining table when I ran up to him

and said, daddy, can you buy me that meat that you use to buy

for me that makes me love you?. I am tired of eating fish with

you. “He said when he asked me what it was, I said cow-feet.

My father said that he nearly passed out. He never liked cow-

feet, never cooked it before in my house, and our house was in

such a place that we didn’t have close neighbors for one to say,

oh she heard it from somewhere”. It was really strange to everyone.

from that day on, my father never ceased to buy cow-feet for

me even when I didn’t ask for it.

A few years ago, I lost my mother to diabetes, when she was

preparing to visit me in the United States. I was so devastated

and helpless . One day, I saw her in a dream and she told me not

to weep anymore because she was coming to stay with me.

I did not understand what she meant by that. Shortly after that, I got

pregnant and had a baby girl. When she was almost two tears old,

I was mixing chocolate drink for her and wanted to add some sugar.

She said, “mummy, mummy, please don’t add sugar, I don’t want

to die again because of too much of sugar”. I was a little bit

scared but at the same time happy that she was here with me,

though, not as a mother but as a daughter. All these experiences

and other more made me strongly believe that indeed there is