*The Angel Thing*
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The Angel Thing
by Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.
I was not feeling very well when I got out of bed. I sat down in front of the television and I began watching the morning news. After finishing my coffee I walked into the bedroom and I put on my cut-off jeans and a polo shirt. Jeans that my wife had threatened to throw away because the legs had strings hanging down almost to my knees. I put on my baseball cap, walked out to my truck, and I headed to the local book store.
"I'm looking for Chicken Soup for the Care-givers Soul and Chicken Soup for the Friend's Soul. Can you tell me if they have they been released yet?" I asked the clerk at Books-A-Million.
"August and September are the release dates. That is what it shows here on the computer." He told me.
I thanked the gentleman and then I walked over to see if I could find any hard-cover editions of the Chicken Soup books which I already had stories in.
As I approached the Chicken Soup section there stood several several young girls reading a story from one of the books.
"That has to be the saddest story that I have ever read." She told her friend.
I looked at the front of the book and noticed that it was Chicken Soup for the Horse Loves Soul. I picked up a book and I began to look through the pages. As the two young women walked in front of me I could see that the story that they were discussing was one that I had written. I wanted to tell them that I had written the story but for some strange reason I just couldn't. For some reason I felt completely embarrassed.
I placed my book back onto the shelf and I walked over to the Joe Muggs counter to get a cup of coffee. After ordering a decafe' coffee I made my way out on to the terrac. Several minutes later the two girls came out onto the terrace, with an older woman, who I presumed was their mother. They sat down at one of the tables and the young girl began to read my story to the woman. When she finished reading the three of them sat there silently, for about a minute.
"I wish I could write stories like that." Said the young girl, as she wiped her eyes with a napkin.
"Katy, just put your mind to it and you can do anything that you want." The woman told her.
"You gotta be real smart to write like that." Said the girl, as she closed the book.
I smiled when I heard those words. Knowing all along that I was not a very smart person. That I had only finished the sixth grade before being sent off to the reform school by the orphanage.
I got up from my seat and I walked back into the book store to get another cup of coffee. While at the counter the three ladies walked back into the store and asked the clerk for directions to the bathroom. As they were about to enter the bathroom the young girl laid the book down on one of the tables.
I walked over and I opened the book and I wrote: "COWBOY HEART by Roger Dean Kiser. Katy, you can do anything that you want if you put your mind to it." and then I signed it: "Your friend, Roger 6-17-04."
When they came out of the bathroom the young girl picked up the book and the three of them proceeded to the checkout counter. The mother paid for the book and they left the store.
Not sure how the girl will react when she reads what I had written inside the front cover. Will she look upon this as one of those strange miracles? Was this my chance to do an "angel" thing?
Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.
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Roger Dean Kiser lives in Brunswick, Georgia with his wife Judy. Roger is the author of "Orphan, a true story of Abandonment, Abuse and Redemption." The first 12 of Roger's new stories, along with an interview, are now available on CD. Visit Roger and enjoy his work at: http://www.rogerdeankiser.com/index.htm
Thought For The Day:
"Many a man thinks he has an open mind, when it's merely vacant."
Verse for the Day:
"...I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought."--Romans 12:3
Kid's Thought For The Day:
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Parent's Thought For The Day
"A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child."--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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