The Angel on My Shoulder

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Throughout my lifetime, I have had more than one close call. In January of 1982, I was on the subway heading towards what is now called, Reagan National Airport, to catch a plane to go out of town. Further down the subway system and closer to the airport there was a bad subway accident that delayed me and made me miss my flight.

I remember calling my parents and telling them that I missed my flight and wasn't sure what to do since the weather was really bad and I didn't think I could make it back home. My dad or mom said, "didn't you hear?" I was like, "hear what?" They told me that a plane had crashed into the Potomac River!!

It turned out that the plane I should have been on had taxied onto the runway, but the pilot decided the weather was too dangerous (there was a bad snowstorm) and he had turned the plane around and decided not to take off. The plane right after the one I should have been on was the one that crashed!!

When my daughter was still in diapers, I fell off a second story deck. Luckily, I only broke my arm. In June of 2010, I had to have a pretty serious operation because the doctors thought I might have had cancer.

The latest close call was very recent. This past Christmas Eve, I turned on our oven because I wanted to put a roast in for dinner. Within about 15 seconds I heard sparks. I looked through the window into our oven and saw flames! I instantly turned off the oven and the fire went out.

I have left my oven on from time to time to cook something while we're not at home. Believe me, I won't be doing that again! I shudder to think what might have happened if I hadn't been standing right there.

I am one of those people that believes that all of us have a "guardian angel" or "angels" that kind of look over us and guide us through our lives. I keep my "guardian angel" pretty busy, but I'm glad that mine has been taking care of me so well!

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Cathy is a homemaker/wife  and also mom to a second grade son with special needs, a teenage daughter and a stepmom to an adult son. Originally from the East Coast, Cathy has lived in the Midwest for close to a decade. She hopes to use her life experiences to help and inspire others and to put a smile on their face if only just for a moment!

About the Author...
Cathy B
Cathy is a homemaker, wife and mother to a son with special needs, an adult daughter and stepmom to an adult son.
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