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Saturday, May 31, 2008

When Angels come to call.....


They came through the door in a simple way, looking for "Kathryn," they said. Two women who were mentally disabled (by "normal" standards) and their guides, who were there to help shepherd them in a shopping experience, quietly came in a moment of grace. One of them "wore the costume" of Downs syndrome and could hardly be understood when she spoke. The tip off for me right away that these were Angels in disguise was the one with Downs frequently asking a question, (I heard as code for "we are not who we seem"), "where are the Halloween cards?" The two guides were gently trying to help her see that it was not Halloween, yet, but I knew what she was really trying to say.

My friend, Cindy, who crossed over 5 years ago has shared with me many times that none of us are really who we seem and that we are all heroes who have come here in disguise to be of service.

"We come in disguises as if at a costume party. We sometimes have a great laugh at each other when we see what each of us chose as our costume."

At some point in the process of wrapping her purchase up she made a point to make sure it would go in a sack. When I brought the sack out and handed it to her she held it open and said: "Trick or Treat" and laughed as I place her purchase in her sack. Then she asked me for my card. When I handed it to her she scrutinized it carefully and said very purposefully: "Oh, you are very famous! We all know you! We'll be coming again sometime." Then winked. Her guides were mildly amused, but I'm sure, missed what was really going on as she wished me a Happy Halloween.

I make it a point to see that Sophia's Gifts, the little studio/shop I work in daily, has always been a place of comfort and encouragement for those who come to visit. Today, however, the Angels came to call just to extend the encouragement to me. I am so glad I was paying attention! Somehow, I'll bet they have been out and about in your lives, too....Have you noticed?

7 comments:

kim said...

I have been blessed with many angels in my life. Unfortunatly, there are those who do not always see the gifts in people as you do.

miss*R said...

yes, I see angels in m life all the time! many I have met through blogging.
I have an uncle who is 'mentally challenged' He is 70 now.. people laughed at him when I was young but growing up with him, I just thought he was special.. he can see things we don't.. the experts call it schizophrenia.. I call it in tune with the angels.
Sr.K - you are an angel in my life too!! xoxo and oneday, I want to visit Sophia's Gifts!
ps - your visitor was correct in thinking it was Halloween.. in reality.. here in the Southern Hemisphere... we have just passed Samhain/Halloween..

lucy said...

i get teary-eyed when i think of the angels that have visited me (the ones i have noticed AND the ones i am certain to have cognitively missed".

i love this line:

"we are all heroes who have come here in disguise to be of service."

thank you!

p.s. i am daily grateful for the glorious stars that a dear angel sent to me :-)

Ruth said...

This little story reminds me of another `disabled' visitor who came to my door one day selling simple handicrafts. When I bought a pair of oven gloves from him his face lit up in smiles, he did a little dance on my front step and he said "You make me feel so happy - like a Mountain Buttercup."

kikipotamus said...

What a blessing to have a plain message delivered with so much playfulness! I'll bet you were smiling the rest of the day.

Island Girl Spirit said...

Beautiful! I ran into someone special just yesterday . . . his "guide" told him it was not polite to stare! I just smiled, and winked, and got a smile back . . . Angels are in my life everyday and you just made me realize how often I miss them . . . I will keep a better "mental" eye out for them! Thank-you, Kel

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