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The Mona Lisa Smile

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”

Recently I was looking through old photos and I found this lovely picture of my daughter when we attended a Celine Dion concert in the year 2009. It was a magical night. We had great seats and we held hands when ‘our’ song ended the show. Celine’s version of  “My Heart Will Go On” was our favorite since we first viewed the movie Titanic years ago. Misha had that movie in her collection and she would watch it many times over her lifetime. Who could know it would have such literal meaning to me the following year on the same date. My daughter left this world on Jan 31st 2010.

After Misha passed away I wanted to have a dream with her in it so much. I had started reading many books on the signs our loved ones send to us. She visited me the exact time of her death when she was murdered by Christian Cvitanovich who hit her with his car and left her to die by the side of the road. I woke up the exact time of her death in a panic. After this experience I knew that our loved ones say goodbye when they leave this world. I became intrigued with all the ways people described their experiences of loved ones who had crossed over. I shared many similar experiences of those I read about, but I had never had a dream with my daughter in it.

One night she finally came to me in a dream. She looked just like this photo. A dream in living color. I felt her communicating to me as her lips curved into this beautiful smile she was known for. She looked happy and content. I perceived peace as I felt her thoughts come to me about how she was happy where she was in this vast Universe. I awoke with elation and happiness. I have felt her spirit around me since she has left me, but this dream is my go to place when I feel especially down. I see her smile in her signature ‘lips together smile’ and I know all is well.

A last thought on the month of July: My daughter was born on July 22, 1989. The month of July is very hard on me. I find myself looking at photos that I have and remembering the good memories. I found this photo by accident, I did not remember taking it, nor saving it in my files. This photo is exactly the same as she looked when I saw her in the dream. I really think she had me find it to let me know she is always with me in spirit. She wanted me to remember that special night when we held hands and sang along to Celine Dion.


I am an American who moved to Colombia to find peace after the devastating loss of my daughter. I bought and renovated a Villa, am learning Spanish, and writing as catharsis. This blog will be like a book with chapters. Each blog will be about my life in Colombia and my adventures. I hope you will enjoy the many new discoveries I am making every day about myself and another culture.

6 thoughts on “The Mona Lisa Smile

  1. Misha was so beautiful and the dear older sister Mona Ann passed away some years ago she also had a beautiful smile and a kind heart .still miss her so very much




  3. Thank you Michele for sharing this story it truly is sad but so Beautiful to..I to believe that Misha came to you in your dream….she will always be with you no matter what and one day you will get to hold her and hug her again…Her birth date shocked me and made me realize why I feel so close to you..My youngest daughter Heather played basketball thru school and college and her number was 22..the reason she chose that number is because her step-brother died in a car accident when he fell asleep right up above where our home was when I was married to his father..when Jimmy died he just had turned 22 and he also had 22 cents in his pocket and he died on June 22nd..My girls loved him so much….You are such an Awesome writer ..I love all of your stories and so very sorry for your loss honey..I love you Forever and a…


  4. God bless you Michele. You are so eloquent In your ability to put your feelings into words. I know how hard this month is for you. Please know that I am thinking of you. Love you. Sheree


  5. Amazing. I wish I could see and communicate with my loved ones in dreams. This has to be so rewarding and peaceful when you have these dreams.


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