Being the jokester that he was, Daniel had bought a huge, blackish brown, plastic,
palmetto bug. He planned to trick everyone with it.
The plastic bug was attached to the door leading out to the view of the Bay in the
morning. It was hard to miss seeing the bug since everyone went out that door. Some
of them were frightened but they all had a good laugh. The fake palmetto bug remained
a source of laughter throughout the day.
Samantha cried bitter tears thinking of how they would have to bear their first family
vacation without him. After a while, she got up to get a drink to get her through
the night. She saw a palmetto bug as soon as she turned on the light in the kitchen.
It was just about the size of the one in the video and ran across her right foot.
She screamed in terror.
James jumped up out of bed and ran into the kitchen. He chased the bug around the
room and squashed it with his left foot. It was the first of many palmetto bugs Samantha
saw in the house over the next year. They appeared every time she watched the video
segment of Daniel’s plastic palmetto bug. She finally stopped watching the video
but occasionally saw a bold one in her kitchen or living room.
Sometime later in her spiritual progress, Samantha learned that Daniel had been trying
to break through the veil to communicate with her. She was so wrapped up in the grief
of thinking he was gone that it was harder for his spirit to break through from the
Many times the bugs would appear when James was not home. Samantha eventually learned
to chase them herself. She killed them and flushed them all down the toilet at first.
But then she began to think she was to let them live. They were messengers sent by
the spirit of her son to let her know he was still around. She was to treat them