Carol’s Cardinals

Together We Will Find A Cure

My mother has left a legacy we can all be a part of, we can be Carol’s Cardinals here and support the mission she began. “Together We Will Find A Cure” We will help others and share love and compassion with those in need.

Carol's Cardinals

On May 26, 2022, my mother, Carol Baldwin passed into eternity at the age of 92 years old. It still does not feel real to say.

Two days after my mother’s passing we were preparing to pick up a new puppy that she and my brother Stephen had picked out for me as a surprise. As we were building the crate a Red Cardinal appeared head first into the window over and over, I was surprised at the number of times this cardinal slammed into the window, clearly wanting to communicate something.

For six months the cardinal had done this at the same window, sunrise and sunset each day. Finding this a little odd I headed to a bird store and began researching why this bird was doing this. They said it might be that it sees its reflection, but I was feeling this was something more.

These visits continued consistently from May 2022 after my mother’s passing until Nov 2022.

Whether I was inside my house or even sitting on the front porch working to carry on my mother’s legacy, the cardinal was banging on the window, jumping from tree to tree, gathering berries from one of my trees to bring to Its nest and mate. It did not matter if I was on the phone talking away, the singing, chirping, and jumping from tree to tree all around me continued. This cardinal would be seen and heard!

While researching birds they say some birds may know who their human friends are as they are able to recognize people’s faces and differentiate between human voices.

I began to take photos each day and then videos documenting this cardinal whose presence quickly became a treat each day. I would send these to my six children, 16 grandchildren and my brothers Alec and Stephen. They all were fascinated that this bird visited each day.

Carol Baldwin

I was also told by my brother Alec that I was taping it wrong. He’d say you need to film it from different angles otherwise it looks like you’re not catching the bird daily. I am not a director, so I chuckled at his coaching, but he is the expert so I tried different camera angles and locations each visit. Not sure Hollywood will be calling any time soon 😉 but it is fun learning new things!

Early mornings between 3:30 and 4:00 AM I always got up with my mom to take care of any needs she might have, this habit has not left me, and with a puppy, I used this time to make sure there were no accidents in the crate. As soon as I would get the puppy all settled again, I would hear the banging on the window. So I continued filming because it was all so surreal to me. There was a purpose for this!

One of the last times I saw the bird was in the late Fall, 2022. I was on the porch working and it was breezy and hard to keep all the papers in place. As you can imagine I began to talk out loud to myself in frustration. I watched the cardinal from the corner of my eye go very quickly and enter the Beech tree, then I heard the banging at the upstairs window, then back down and landing on the railing of the porch at the opposite end of where I was sitting. I was very still and quiet at this point so I could watch what this bird was going to do next. Then it flew to the top of the first chair, the second chair, and the third and was coming closer to me! As it was coming closer I said “good morning” and repeated that twice very softly because I began to think this bird knows me or my voice. It then began flying around the glass light fixture, like a hummingbird and started to turn back towards the tree. I said a soft goodbye and the bird hopped from chair to chair back to the tree.

Carol Baldwin

Winter came and I didn’t see the cardinal again. I began to think that might be the last time, maybe it was just a time to help me mourn and say goodbye.

Then May returned and so did “my” bird. I was unable to sleep so sat on the porch at 2:00 am until about 3:30 am after finally deciding to go back to bed at about 4 am. I was laying in my bed with the window open and the fresh air coming in . All of a sudden I heard once again there she was, my cardinal. She sang loud, letting me know she was back.

It’s said that cardinals appear when angels are near and that the cardinal represents loved ones who have passed away. They are seen as messengers from Heaven who deliver words of love and comfort during difficult times.

Carol The Cardinal is singing to me and letting me know that she is back and with me.

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My mother has left a legacy we can all be a part of, we can be Carol’s Cardinals here and support the mission she began. “Together We Will Find A Cure” We will help others and share love and compassion with those in need.

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