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The Autograph

By Jaye Lewis

It was June of 1968, and I was fleeing for my life, carrying my
two-month-old, baby daughter. My brother had managed to scrape
together enough money for a first class ticket on an airplane traveling
from Atlanta to Detroit. My first marriage had become too dangerous,
and as I flew home to be with my family, I felt very agitated. Anything,
God, I silently prayed. Anything to break the monotony of my
own tortured thoughts.

At that moment, my baby bobbed over toward a smoker, a bit
of drool dripping from her chin. As she studied him with wide-eyed
wonder, she let out an enormous belch, right in his face! It was all
I could do to keep from laughing! The man gave a disgusted grunt,
and stepping over us, he retreated down the isle into the back of the
plane. I never saw him again.

Behind me, across the isle, I heard someone laughing. Turning to
look at him, I saw a man with a beet red face, nearly helpless with
amusement. Our eyes locked, and we both cracked up.

"Out of the mouths of babes!" Said my conspirator, with a wicked twinkle
in his eye. We laughed for some time, and then we began to visit. He was
heading home to visit his parents in Detroit, Michigan. My daughter and
I were also on our way home to stay with my parents, who lived just
southwest of Detroit.

"What a beautiful child," he said, gazing at my little girl, with her
soft dark curls and her big brown eyes. I agreed. Something about
this man was vaguely familiar, but I just couldn't place him. We talked.
He was warm, kind, and funny. I was pensive from time to time, but it
was a relief to have a kindred soul to distract me from my troubles.

I introduced myself, and he told me that his friends called him "Chuck."
As we were visiting, I just could not get out of my mind, that I knew this
man from somewhere. I certainly knew no one who traveled first class,
and it would have been unlikely that we had ever met. He was traveling
from Los Angeles. I was traveling from the south, and we had no similar
points of reference, except Atlanta.

His voice was mesmerizing. It was so familiar. Strong and evenly tempered.
Where had I heard that voice? All of a sudden, I knew him! I was sitting
across from a very famous man. Charlton Heston! I couldn't believe it, and
we were talking like we were old friends! Should I tell him that I recognized
him? What could I say?! "I just loved you in The Ten Commandments?!"
How stupid would that sound? Tell him that he was the famous Charlton
Heston? I don't think so. I was pretty certain that he knew exactly who
he was. I didn't think that he needed me to inform him. And breaking into
his privacy, to ask for an autograph, was simply not going to happen.
So, I never said a word.

He was charming and kind. He held my little girl, and he played
the typical baby games, speaking to her in a warm and coaxing way.
She crowed in his face and giggled. I don't remember what we talked
about. Ordinary things. We visited for three and a half hours. I didn't
tell him that I was fleeing for my life, and he never told me that he was
a famous movie star.

All too soon our trip was over. The plane landed and we both got our
carry-ons. Mine was a diaper bag. His was something more Samsonite.
He gathered his things, and I picked up my infant daughter. He left the
plane to be greeted by the press and cameras. I left to obscurity. We
both hugged our families, and my last sight of him was to see him
smile and nod his head at me, as he began to answer questions
from someone holding a microphone. I smiled back, and we parted forever.

I didn't watch the news. I didn't see the interview. I don't know the
rest of his story. I did tell my parents, who doubted that the man
was famous. After all, on the plane we were simply two travelers,
passing time. Somehow, this event was a pivotal point in my life.
I had respected the privacy of a famous man, simply because I could.
After eleven months of married hell, he had made me feel, well, normal.

Now, that he has passed-on, I remember a man who gave me my first
glimpse into a normal life, one where humor and kindness saved the day.
Mr. Heston could have been aloof and superior, but somehow I don't think
that was a part of his character. Often in the tumultuous days of my bitter
divorce, I would think of that very famous man, who touched my life with
so much grace.

Now, nearly forty years later, it occurs to me, how blessed I am, that
I did not invade the privacy of that famous man. He gave me a
precious memory, and, by the way, he did give me his autograph.
He wrote his autograph upon my life!

Jaye Lewis

Write Jaye and let her know your thoughts on her story!

Jaye Lewis is a Heartwarmer Gem and contributing author to
Chicken Soup for the Soul. She lives and writes in the beautiful
mountains of southwestern Virginia. Jaye says, "This encounter
with "Chuck" Heston remains one of my most precious memories."
Jaye's website can be visited by going to
and you can view her personal blog at



Creation Q & A

Question:  Does God even care?

People who accuse God of sitting back and doing nothing are
missing an important truth. Actually, God has already done
everything you would want a loving God to do!

After Adam's sin, the Lord didn't abandon mankind or destine us
to an eternity of suffering and separation from Him. God in His
mercy stepped into history in the person of His Son, Jesus--the
"last Adam." He became a man so He could suffer death on a
cross, paying for the sins of His people.
Christ also rose from the grave, showing He had power over
|death. He can now offer eternal life to all who believe and receive
this gift by faith.
Those who put their trust in Christ as Savior have a wonderful
hope--they can spend eternity with the Lord. Revelation 21 describes
this place, where "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and
there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain."
We all need to understand God's perspective of time. The Apostle
Paul says that our present suffering is so insignificant, in view of
eternity, that it cannot even be compared to the glory to come (Romans 8:18).
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Thought For The Day

"God never asks about our ability or our inability -- just
our availability."

Verse for the Day

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall
I send and who will go for us? Then said I, "Here
am I; send me." -- Isaiah 6:8

Toddler's Thought For The Day

"If Mommy's hands are full, I must be carried. If
Mommy is in a hurry and wants to carry me, I must
walk alone."

Parent's Thought For The Day

Have you heard about the next planned "Survivor" show?

* 6 men will be dropped on an island with 1 van
and 4 kids each, for 6 weeks.
* Each kid plays two sports and either takes music
or dance classes.
* There is no access to fast food.
* Each man must take care of his 4 kids, keep his
assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete
science projects, cook, do laundry, etc.
* The men only have access to television when the
kids are asleep and all chores are done! There is only
one TV between them and there is no remote.
* The men must shave their legs and wear makeup
daily, which they must apply themselves either while
driving or while making four lunches.
* They must attend weekly PTA meetings; clean
up after their sick children at 3:00 a.m.; make an
Indian hut model with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one
marker; and get a 4-year-old to eat a serving of peas.
* The kids vote them off based on performance and the
winner gets to go back to his job!

Coach's Thought For The Day

"If you lose self-control everything will fall. You cannot
function physically or mentally or in any other way
unless your emotions are under control."
--John Wooden

Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day

"Question is: Can you tell me anything you know about evolution, any
one thing, any one thing that is true? I tried that question on the geology
staff at the Field Museum of Natural History and the only answer I got
was silence. I tried it on the members of the Evolutionary Morphology
Seminar in the University of Chicago, a very prestigious body of
evolutionists, and all I got there was silence for a long time and
eventually one person said, 'I do know one thing - it ought not to
be taught in high school." --Dr. Colin Patterson (Senior Paleontologist,
British Museum of Natural History, leading cladistic taxonomist),
Keynote address at the American Museum of Natural History,
New York City, November 5, 1981.

Writer's Thought For The Day

"A good novel tells us the truth about its hero;
but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author."
--G. K. Chesterton

Deep Thought For The Day

"When I was a kid, we walked 10 miles to school every day,
sometimes in the rain or snow. Man, did we feel foolish
when we found out there was a bus."


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