Barbara Garland

So my cell phone rang early this morning at 5am sharp! The call was coming from NJ (973 area code), but I didn’t recognize it so I forwarded to VM. I was sleeping and figured if it was important, or someone I knew, they’d call back or leave a message. No call back, no message. I asked a few people if they knew the number and no one knows it. I called back but no one picked up besides an automated message asking me to “leave a message for 973-…-….”

Since I was up, I started thinking about how it’s the 10th & recalling a good friend and old coworker of mine, Barbara Garland, who I worked with at UMDNJ. She passed away a few years ago from cancer on February 10. We spent many years working & laughing the day away in NJ. I still miss her. She was always a mentor of sorts with voice of reason that guided me through some tough times and she was always pleasant, even on her bad days. We had lunch together every day, we always waited for 5pm to leave work and sometimes I would give her a ride home.

I slept a bit more, got up, called the number again and got nothing. Spirits have been known to communicate through electronics so the more I thought about it, random call at 5 o’clock (no one EVER calls at that time), no known number & no one to leave a message for…  I’d like to think that maybe that was just Barbara tapping the line and calling to say hi.

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