Jimmy's "Safe Harbor"



"Guardian Angel"

There was this old woman sitting by herself in the park. Everyone passed by her and never stopped to see why she looked so sad. Dressed in a worn pink dress, barefoot and dirty, the woman just sat and watched the people go by.

She never tried to speak.
She never said a word.
Many people passed by her,
but no one would stop.

The next day I decided to go back to the park in 
curiosity to see if the women would still be there.
Yes, she was there, right in the very spot where
she was yesterday, and still with the same pink 
dress and sad look in her eyes.

Today I was to make my own move.
I decided to walk over to the woman. 
For as we all know, a park full of strange people
is not a place for old women to just sit alone.

As I got closer I could see the back of the women's
dress was grotesquely shaped. I figured that was
the reason people just passed by and made no
effort to speak to her. Deformities are a low
blow to our society and, heaven forbid if you
make a step toward assisting someone
who is different.

As I got closer, the women lowered her eyes slightly
 to avoid my intent stare. As I approached her,
I could see the shape of her back more clearly. 
She was grotesquely shaped in a humped-over form. 

I smiled to let her know it was OK; 
I was there to help, to talk.
I sat down beside her and
opened with a simple, "Hello".

The woman acted shocked, and stammered a "Hi,"
after a long stare into my eyes.
I smiled and she shyly smiled back. 
We talked until darkness fell and the park was
completely empty.

As we talked I asked the women why she was so sad.
The woman looked at me with a sad face and said,
"Because I'm different".
I immediately said, "That you are!" and smiled.

The woman then acted even  sadder and said, "I know".
"Miss," I said, "you remind me of an angel, sweet and innocent." She looked at me and smiled, then slowly
she got to her feet and said,   

"Yes, you're like a beautiful Guardian Angel sent to
watch over all those people walking by".
She nodded her head yes, and  smiled. 

With that she opened the back of her pink dress
and allowed her wings to spread, then she said
"I am. I'm your Guardian Angel," with a twinkle
in her eye. I was speechless --
sure I was seeing things.

She said, "For once you thought of someone
other than yourself! My job here is done." 
 I got to my feet and said,
"Wait, why did no one stop to help an angel?"
She looked at me, smiled, and said,
"You're the only one that could see me," and
then she was gone. And with that, my life was changed dramatically. So, when you think you're all you have,
your angel is always watching over you!


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