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Topic: Lock (03/06/06)
TITLE: The Open Door
By Wendell Owens
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Sometimes transient people would pass by and stop and talk for awhile. The greetings were always "howdy do" and "it's a fine night isn't it?" Grandma would stand and look through the porch screen and alwaya ask them if they were thirsty or wanted a bologna sandwich. Sometimes they would say "yes maam I surely would" and sometimes they would just shake their heads "no thanks" and keep on going.
I was a wonderful time in our country when you could sleep on the porch in a rollaway bed and not worry whether someone was going to harm you or not. It was a time of open doors and hospitality no matter what side of the tracks you lived on.
Those days are gone now but how I wish my children would have known those times. There was a special night when a raggedy vagrant man sat on the stoop out front and as usual Grandma offered her sandwich and drink. The man rose, turn with a capturing smile and said, "Yes maam I would love a sandwich." Grandma told me to let him in but hold him at the entrance of the front door till she made him something to eat and drink. The man's demeanor was gentle and kind and his look was peaceful and loving. As I took a few steps away from the man I heard Grandma ask me to ask the man if he preferred water or a coke. I spun around to ask him but he was gone. There is no way he could have escaped me hearing him leave but he was gone just the same. Grandma entered the living room and I told her what had happened. She said something I will never forget, "Never forget to help a stranger for they may be angels unaware!"
I lock my doors now, and still help strangers, but I long for the days when people were less affraid and fed angels unaware.
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