Woman Checks Deceased Mom’s House On Google Earth, Sight Captured Knocks Her Back in Disbelief
FaithTap Staff 8/3/2017
Even for adults who understand the proverbial circle-of-life, the passing of a parent is not an easy thing to deal with after having their constant love and support throughout childhood and adulthood.
While most of us tend to cherish their memory through old family pictures and stories, for one woman in Florida, an unexpected reminder presented itself through a modern piece of technology.
Denise Underhill, grew up in the small castle town of Tamworth in Staffordshire, England. And even after her move to the sunny state of Florida in the United States, she couldn't quite stop thinking about all those years spent in their old house on Chaytor Road in Tamworth.
The move to Florida was prompted after Denise's mother passed away in 2015, making this new phase in life seem a tad bittersweet.
So even though Denise embraced her new life with gusto, ready to make new friends and memories, there were many days when she couldn't quite stop thinking about her mum and her small English town.
When the nostalgia hit recently during a house cleaning stunt, Denise decided to reach for her computer to look up her mom’s house on Google Earth.
The house had been sold since the move to the United States, and Denise knew that the street view of the home now wouldn't exactly match how she remembered it the last time she was there. But apparently Google Earth had a bigger surprise for her.
Denise was stunned when the picture below pulled up on her computer:
"I got the BIGGEST surprise EVER! I just couldn't believe it. At the foot of the driveway was my mother. She was watering the garden, just as she always did. I was absolutely astounded – it made my day."
Screenshot via Google Earth
Google had apparently taken the street view picture when Denise's mother was still alive tending to her garden, and never quite got around to updating it since! For Denise, this meant a spooky yet welcoming surprise at a time when she seemed to be missing her mother the most.
The technology gods had certainly given Denise one of the best gifts yet. At least for the time being, it seems that Denise can indulge in this loving memory of her mother as preserved by Google Earth. Denise said it best:
"You never know what photos are being taken but they really do last a lifetime ... I think someone wanted me to see this."
In addition to her mother, the photo still showed a tall silver birch tree that Denise remembered from the property, making the memory even sweeter.