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Wandering Orphan
by Tammy McConnell
03/30/05
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She was found wandering aimlessly on Elm Street. She didn’t appear to be hurt or even uncomfortable. In fact, she looked too comfortable, like a rag doll that had been played with often. Drugs?...not likely, although she didn’t appear to have bathed recently. Her demeanor suggested that she might think she belongs here. Maybe she does.

Why is she here? No one saw her arrive or knew where she had come from and frankly, I’m not sure how they think we’re going to figure that out. We’re not CSI or Law & Order; we’re just a couple of concerned professionals who happen to volunteer at the local shelter (this weekend). Whatever the reason for her presence here, my shift is almost over and I’m not sure I want to get involved. I mean, if I start to uncover something, my nature will take over and then I’ll think I need to see it all the way through. My son has a ball game this afternoon and I wouldn’t know how to explain missing his game because of a seemingly homeless girl whom I don’t even know.

What is that? Will someone please answer…oh, sorry, it’s MY cell phone. “Joey? Yeah…why? Really…well that will sure shed a little light on the task at hand. Would you please have them swing by here? We’ve got what they’re looking for. Thanks honey, I’ll see you at about 5:30. Bye.”

As I put my phone back in its holster, I was startled to discover all eyes on me. I had the answer, and they all knew it. “Well?”

“Her family is on their way here. Apparently this little girl thought the grass was greener on the other side of the fence. She belongs to Mr. & Mrs. Rothwelling out on Plank Road. They’ll be coming to collect their wayward donkey who is subbing as the team mascot at the local high school.”

“Sorry to leave you holding the bag (of oats), but I have to run. Joey’s ball game starts in a half hour and I need to stop home and check on my goldfish.”

Just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, the rules change. Don’t get too comfortable. You never know when you’ll be called upon to use your God-given abilities in unexpected ways.

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