The cardinal is a representiave of a loved one who has passed. When you see one it means they are visiting you.They usually show up when you most need them or miss them. They also make an appearance during times of celebration as well as despair to let you know they will always be with you. Look for them, they'll appear.
My Little Blue House a Seclude Cabin on a Babbling Brook
My great grandmother( Mama Burt) had a red bird's nest in one of her shrub bushes,next to her 'sky blue painted porch.' She was afraid the nest would fall,as it was barely hanging on. She and my older sister made a point to see after that nest...I sure do miss her. But when I see little things, like this picture of these lil birds, I am flooded with such sweet, unforgettable memories of my dear Mama Burt:-)