An Inconvenient Angel

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Have you ever had a slow moving car pull out in front of you while you were rushing to get somewhere important?

Well, that’s happened to me many times.

GRRRRRRR!!!!!

Ah…but there was this one time that I had to thank my lucky stars for such an encounter!

Picture it…rural Georgia 19??

Lady G, a young mother and graduate student, was driving like a bat out of hell in order to make it to class on time.

I was running, oh I don’t know, 85-ish in a 55 mph kinda situation.

(My brother Tack says I should have been arrested as that was, indeed, ‘reckless driving.’)

Anyway…

I was making pretty good time when, seemingly out of nowhere, this 130 year old man pulled out of a side road onto MY highway!

Yessir!

He was going my way!

Or maybe I was going his way?

Who knows?

Whatever…

Moving on…

Fortunately, I was able to slow down in enough time to avoid rear-ending him.

Trust me, to say I was miffed would be a supreme understatement!

“C’mon Grannypaw!” I shouted.

MOVE!!!!!

Well, apparently he didn’t hear me because he kept right on running about 25 mph.

At that point, I looked at the clock in the dashboard and thought, “I ain’t never gonna make it on time!”

Meanwhile, Grannypaw slowed down to a nice and consistent speed of 23 mph!

Oh, and there was no safe way to pass him!

I was stuck!

Me and Grannypaw!

Well, as my road buddy and I approached the bottom of a hill, I noticed, at the top of the hill, an oncoming speeding car that had crossed over into our lane in order to pass several others at one time.

Of course, Grannypaw was going nowhere near fast enough to be in danger of a collision.

That said, neither was I.

Now, here’s the killing part.

As soon as Grannypaw and I safely cleared that hill, he turned off and drove away!

At that moment, it occurred to me that if it weren’t for my wise, kind, loving, sweet and dear sherpa, I would’ve probably hit that passing car head on!

Can you imagine the damaging impact of two cars running better than 80 mph?!

Game over!

And so…

Today’s advice:  Be thankful for AND ask God to bless people who slow you down…they might be inconvenient angels!

Remember:

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! (Hebrews 13:2 NLT)

Oh yeah…and slow down!

Any thoughts?  I’d love to hear them!

 

 

 

 

 

Mama’s On The Tree!

 

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My Mama

2016 marks the 5th Christmas without Mama.

So, as you might imagine, this can be a very difficult time of year for me, my brother, and my kids-not to mention my Dad who misses her terribly.

Of course, the first Christmas without her was extremely difficult as she had not been long gone.

Oh yes loves, please believe, that first Christmas, Lady G was a hot mess!

You see, Mama loved Christmas and she adored Christmas Carols!

And because those freaking Christmas Carols were being played EVER-Y-WHERE, a hot mess got even hot messier!

Let me affirm that it was not unusual, that year, for Lady G to find herself running out of Publix with snot and tears flowing North, South, East and West!

Maybe ‘mess’ is NOT the best word to describe the resulting mayhem!

Anyway…

No matter where I went, I was forced to listen to all of her favorites, including:

“Merry Christmas Baby” by Otis Redding

“Please come home for Christmas” by Charles Brown

“The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole

“Everyday will be like a Holiday” by William Bell

“Christmas just ain’t Christmas” by the O’Jays

“Santa Claus is comin’ to town” by The Jackson Five

“Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” by The Temptations

And of course, the ‘Tempting Tempts’ version of “Silent Night.”

Baby, every time I heard one of these little ditties, I melted in tears like Frosty!

And so…

One day, after the 78th Christmas carol meltdown, I went shopping for some holiday decorations when…lo and behold…there appeared Mama in the form of a beautiful Black Christmas Angel!

Y’all, I think I trampled some folks in my haste to grab that Mama-esque heavenly body!!!!!

Best believe I grabbed her, purchased her, took her home, place her atop my Christmas tree and proclaimed:

“Look at Mama on the tree!”

And from that Christmas to this one, Mama sits proudly on the tree watching over us all!

Christmas has been pretty good ever since!

Merry Christmas to you all!

With Love,

Lady G 😘💋

 

 

P.S. I still have to wear headphones at the store in order to keep my composure!