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Topic: Huh? (01/21/10)
TITLE: Charlie's Angel
By Kathleen Tollifson
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Charlie was absorbed in the castle she was building and was not aware that her Mom and their new next door neighbor were watching her with smiles of delight. Charlie carefully placed a large piece of cardboard over the smaller boxes she had collected under the young maple tree, then reached for the kitten that was playing at her side. “Your new home is ready!” she announced as she lifted the cardboard piece and dropped the kitten carefully inside a box. The kitten squirmed and made little mewing sounds, but was happy to be part of the imaginary drama that was unfolding in Charlie’s mind that morning.
Charlie’s plans for the kitten’s new home included a pretty front yard with flowers, and she knew just where to get them! Her mother had taken her to the grocery store in their new neighborhood the night before, and she had bought five little pink begonia plants from the garden department. Charlie remembered that they were still on the kitchen counter and stood to go get them.
“She plays by herself so well.” the neighbor commented. “Charlene was born deaf, and seems most content playing alone” her mother explained. “It is hard for other children her age to understand her disability, and she has had her feelings hurt when she tried to make friends. That is the reason Jim and I chose this school district when his company transferred him. We have heard they have an excellent special needs program. I’m hoping that with a little extra attention she can mainstream at her grade level.”
The two women walked towards the front of the house as Charlie opened the screen door to the kitchen. She was excited about how pretty those pink begonias would look in front of the new kitten castle! When she stepped into the room she was surprised to see an elderly gentleman standing there smiling at her. She didn’t remember meeting him before, but since he looked so friendly, she wasn’t afraid. Maybe he was a new neighbor. She thought fleetingly that he reminded her of a picture in a book her Mom had given her about angels. She walked straight over to the counter with the little begonia containers, and as she reached for them she saw that a small pink flower had fallen from one plant. The kind looking man noticed the fallen flower at the same moment she did, and he quickly reached over and plucked it from the counter. Then he surprised Charlie by tenderly tucking the delicate little flower behind her ear. Charlie felt a little shiver at his touch, almost like a tickle, but was reassured by his smiling face.
As she stepped out the kitchen door with her plants she saw her Mom coming through the gate. They both walked toward the maple tree, the scene of the ‘building project’. Charlie’s Mom gave at her a questioning look and reached down for the piece of cardboard covering the castle. As she lifted the cardboard the kitten poked its head out, mewing loudly for rescue. Charlie picked up the little fuzzy body and held it close to her chest to comfort its fears. A strange expression came on her face, then she burst into tears and laughter at the same time. “I can hear the kitty cry!” she told her Mom. “I can hear!”
In an instant she realized that the kind gentleman was not her neighbor. No sir, he was an angel! And his touch on her ear had healed her deafness! As Charlie squeezed her little kitten with the joy of the moment, her mother wept tears of gratitude. “Our Heavenly Father surely loves us and never forgets about the things that we need.” she told Charlie. Charlie nodded her agreement, still marveling at the wonderful gift she had received.
The kitten was named Angel so they wouldn’t forget the miracle that happened that day! Charlie never saw the kind looking man again, but every time she thought about God, the man’s face would come to her mind, and she felt so peaceful. He is such a kind God, who loves us and heals our wounds!
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