Image provided by story author

The Feather and the Leaf

Calista Stuttarad

My mother passed away from COVID complications Nov. 4, 2020.

She was in an aged care facility, quarantined after requiring fluids in hospital. Soon after, on Oct. 30, she was diagnosed with asymptomatic COVID.

She was unable to have family visits, which was horribly frustrating because I already felt helpless being so far away in Melbourne, Australia. To make my mother feel at ease, we were supposed to have a FaceTime call on Nov. 5.

The night before, I got the worst call of my life.

Not only was my worst fear that something would happen to my mother while I lived abroad, but I couldn’t even fly home when she was diagnosed. To watch a funeral via Zoom was unfathomable.

The pain was the worst I’ve ever felt in my life.

Fast forward several months, while walking to work, I stumbled across a beautiful autumn maple leaf. I picked it up and took it with me to work.

Sitting at my desk watching the cars driving by, a white feather trickled in front of my office window, just for me. (I always asked Mom in spirit to show me signs, either with a white feather or white butterfly.)

I bolted outside, grabbed the feather, and rested it on top of my autumn leaf.

When I walked into work feeling heavyhearted the following week, I saw my feather being delicately hugged by my autumn leaf. This could only be the work of my mother. No doubt, I am the delicate feather, and she is the maple leaf wrapping her energy around me. The feather and leaf still rest on my desk.

The photo shows the tattoo I had created in her memory. The 11’s represent the month she passed and the time the FaceTime call never happened, 11am, Nov. 5, 2020.

Do you have your own story to share?

We invite you to join our global community by sharing your own story of a meaningful coincidence. It could be wondrous, funny, curious, unexplained, deeply profound, or anything in between! If you have more than one story to share, please create a separate story entry for each. Each story is limited to a maximum of 300 words.

View All Story Forum Posts

See more stories from around the globe of meaningful coincidences, synchronicity and serendipity!

Weighing Flax

I was watching a video on YouTube in the kitchen while making a snack: oatmea...

Read More

Heavenly Bliss Dream

I dream a lot, I always have. And sometimes I know from the dream what will h...

Read More


In 1997, I was 29 and was reaching a turning point in my life. I had complete...

Read More

A Black Swan to Remember

In 2008, I read the book, The Black Swan. The book uses “black swan”...

Read More

Join Our Mail List

Receive the latest TCP news and announcements to awaken your mind and nourish your spirit. We will never share your email address; you can unsubscribe at any time.