Turning off the stereo and trying to remember to breathe, I realized my mobile phone was ringing. My mother, a little shaken herself, asked me immediately if I was OK (she's always had parental ESP, it's a bit of a family joke), I told her immediately what had happened and asked her how she knew, what she told me next left me in no doubt that those who go before us, guide and protect those left behind if they can. At the same time that I was planning to pull into the right hand lane, Mum was standing in the kitchen when she thought she heard a knock at the door. Assuming it was me she walked to answer it. As she walked through our lounge room, she saw her Nana standing there looking worried. Mum asked her why she was there (Grandma died 15 years previous), she said Grandma just pointed to the phone and mouthed my name and disappeared again. Mum said her blood ran cold and she dialed my number straight away. Although in an event like that, your perception of time becomes skewed, from our estimates, it was about 25 seconds between the time I heard and felt the presence in my car and the time Grandma appeared to Mum at home. I have since felt her presence at times when I have needed comfort the most, and her perfume ‘Tweed’ sometimes wafts past me in my new home.