I went to my mother's house this same morning to let her know of my experience and was SHOCKED to hear her response! My mom doesn't truly understand what I 'do' when I say I travel, so I have to describe it as a 'dream' and she can relate.
After telling her of my wonderful reunion with Dad, she told me that she also had a dream with Dad just last night! For some background information, there is a great true story that my Mom and Dad share about how he 'saved her' from being utterly lost one time when visiting him in NYC when they were both teenagers. Had my father not seen her get off the train at the station and watch her walk in what he knew to be the wrong direction, who knows where she would have ended up! She has had a fear of getting 'lost' ever since!
So, in this dream Mom had, she remembers skipping along a dirt road, barefoot, and staying a short distance ahead of whomever she was with. She knew this road, and was familiar that it would end with an option to go right or left, but she was confident she knew where to go when she to to the end.
When she got to the T in the road, she was surprised to find a large building there. Entering it and walking around, it felt oddly unfamiliar and uncomfortable ("cold" "church-like" she described it as) so she left the building as quickly as possible. Upon exiting, she found herself afraid, in unfamiliar territory, unsure of where to turn, and fear began to set in.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, she said she felt loving arms around her from behind, and a quick nuzzling on her neck. Shocked at this sensation, she turned her head to look directly into my father's smiling face! She was so surprised to see him, yet thrilled! In a blink of an eye, he was gone....and she reluctantly woke up. She told me she tried in vain to get back to sleep as she wanted to see him again.
She wasn't going to tell anyone about this quick experience, thinking it 'just a dream', however after hearing my encounter with Dad during this same night, she is thrilled to know that he was able to get through to both of us! To me, this is true validation....Dad is doing just fine, and letting us know all is well!