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               Friday, December 13 2002 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster Encounters with angels - 4

Several more accounts of angel incidents have been received, so the topic will continue into next week. Today's is the most "miraculous" one received, I think you'll agree. It's from Sallie Covolo.—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Long, long, ago....

We moved to Ohio in 1952 (from our beloved Asheville, NC). My sister and I loved to go to the movie theatres and then go out on the fire escape of our second-floor apartment and rehash the movie. We lived for those movies in a kind of a fantasy world.

It was near to Christmas and my mom was in the hospital (she was bipolar, which is another story). My Dad would get so depressed and he was not above having too many drinks during this sad time. He had been a firefighter for 20 years before we moved to Ohio, so you would have thought he would have known better than the thing that ensued. He fell asleep on the sofa, smoking his pipe. Mary and I came home from the movies and started to go out to the fire escape area and a little boy about ten years old intercepted us in the hallway and pointed to the doorway and said, "There is a fire in there."

We could see no evidence of a fire through the door had heavy weather-stripping. But when we opened the door, the sofa was smoldering and the room was very smoky. We could hardly breathe. We woke Dad up. Heaven knows why he was not dead. It was awfully smoky. He started to douse the sofa with water, and he opened the windows. We went out in the hallway and there was no evidence of the little boy who had alerted us.

The next day, we went to the apartment that was directly underneath us to check with the people that lived there and see if they had sustained water damage. They had not, but there was a picture of the little boy on the wall. We told the Lady that the little boy had warned us of the fire. She said, "That is impossible. That is a picture of my little brother, Arthur, who died as a young boy. He died many years ago."

So maybe he was an angel. We do not know who or what he was, but he saved the apartment house, and our Dad, and maybe us and the people downstairs.

Sallie Covolo

On-the-job dictionary (last of series)

"MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL": We have no quality control.

"CAREER-MINDED": Female applicants must be childless (and remain that way).

"I'M NOT A CLOCK-WATCHER:" But I will check my JOTD...everyday!

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

As I know more of mankind I expect less of them, and am ready now to call a man a good man upon easier terms than I was formerly.

—Samuel Johnson

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