Back when Dawn and I were first married, we saw the movie The Shadow. There was one scene where Lamont Cranston (The Shadow, Alec Baldwin) went to investigate this big enclosed metal dome while Margo Lane (Penelope Ann Miller) was doing some research at the library (or something like that). Lamont ended up encountering some trouble with I believe it was Farley Claymore (the one and only Tim Curry). Lamont found himself trapped in what turned out to be a big water tank as it was filling with water. As he realizes he cannot escape he concentrates on Margo, and this telepathic message travels across town, knocking Margo off her chair when it hits her. She then rushes to Lamont’s rescue, just in the nick of time.
I remember this scene because Dawn, my new wife of just a few months, turned to me and whispered to me “Some day we will have a connection like that,” then she kissed me. A kiss generally makes things memorable, especially one from Dawn, but this time it was her comment that made it so memorable. When I saw the scene I thought it was kind of weird and wondered if this was part of The Shadow’s super powers, but the thought of developing this kind of telepathic link with my wife was beyond my comprehension.
While the idea was appealing, to communicate telepathically, I found it unrealistic. I chalked it up to some silly idea, that would be nice, but would never happen. I thought of it from time to time in the years since (maybe it was the kiss. . . .) but never thought to peruse it.
That was over 10 years ago (hard to believe it has been that long) and Dawn and I have a whole new relationship now (that is another story). The other day I was at work while Dawn was at home. I work about 30 miles from home. Were were chatting via instant messenger and it was obvious Dawn was having a rough time at home with the 4 kids.
Here is the really interesting part: she typed “I miss you, hold me,” and when she did I could feel her leaning against me. As I type this now I can vividly recall the feeling of her head against my chest. This sensation surprised me and without thinking I typed “I am,” and then I sat there, at my desk, with my eyes closed. I could literally feel my wife in my arms, smell and feel her hair as I stroked it and hear her breathing. I didn’t actually see her, but I knew she was there.
After a couple of minutes she typed “Thank-you,” to which I responded letting her know that I could actually feel her in my arms. It was like she was there. She said she could feel me holding her too, and she felt much better now.
This experience has been rolling around with me for a while now. I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I know now that we were actually connected, heart to heart, over that 30 mile distance. What an incredible experience it was. Thanks Dawn!