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Catching Mr. Terrell


One afternoon, during the summer of 2009, I was driving home from running errands when I suddenly got the urge to go a different route. This different route was surely out of my way. I had my daughter with me and I apologized to her for going the long way, but I explained that I was being led to travel this different route. Not only was I being led by my intuition to go this other way, I knew that something important, special, or exciting (maybe all three?) would be happening on this now not so routine drive home.

As I drove along the country roads of my beautiful community, I watched carefully because I knew “something” would be happening that I didn’t want to miss. Exactly what, I didn’t know. Then I noticed what looked like an elderly man kneeling on his front porch, apparently painting the railing. The house was set far back off the road. Because I wasn’t really sure about what I was seeing, I slowed the car down. Then it hit me – he wasn’t painting the railing, he was hanging onto the railing! But why was he on his knees? Something wasn’t right.

I parked the car and began walking towards him, and as I got closer I could see he was clearly in trouble hanging onto the railing for dear life. I began running towards him and was horrified as I watched him drift off the concrete porch and slip down the steps all the while hanging on. It appeared he just couldn’t get his legs to work. His upper body was tumbling down off the stoop, and his legs were dragging behind him as he held onto the railing in desperation. The more he slid down the stairs the further away his legs and hands became until he was almost in a horizontal position. He was sliding off of the porch like this in slow motion when I arrived, just in time to catch him before he hit his head on the concrete stairs. I had my arms hooked under his armpits holding his limp weight. With much effort, I propped him up as best I could so that his legs were once again underneath him, although, at this point the dear man was exhausted and wasn’t able to stand or support himself at all. So here we were. He turned his head and looked at me perplexed, and in a shaky voice he asked, “Where did you come from?”.

I was relieved to hear voices at the neighbor’s house because it was difficult to hold his limp weight this way and I knew I couldn’t do it for long.  I started calling for help and quickly a woman appeared. This woman was his grand daughter and she was on her way over, as she did each night, to help him walk the short distance to her house for dinner. This night he forgot to wait for her to escort him, he tried to come on his own and that’s when he got into trouble. I was so delighted that I followed my intuition (whisperings into my heart) and was able to help this dear man, who I learned was 99 years old! And even more amazing was that his family used to own the land that my home now sits upon! What an honor to have helped the man whose ancestors once farmed our neighborhood and home. What a wonderful way to show my appreciation to a man, who an hour earlier, I knew nothing about.

Months later, I noticed in the local newspaper that Mr. Terrell was celebrating his 100th birthday and that his clan of loving relatives and friends were there to celebrate this centennial event. In fact, Mr. Terrell lived to be almost 105 (passing just 9 days before)! I will be forever grateful, and astonished, that I was clearly led to help this dear man at a time when he needed my strength and support.

Our backyard, remnants of Mr. Terrell’s family farm

Miracle on East Main Street


My first miracle happened when I was 12-years-old while bike riding with my childhood friend, Susan Grant, on the East Side of Bridgeport near my family’s home.  Against my better judgement I was wearing my pricey, brand new, authentic camel hair pants.  We hadn’t gotten far when I noticed that grease from my bicycle chain had rubbed onto my pant leg!  I got off of my bike in distress, and then Susan and I immediately tried to rub the rather large grease stain from the fabric.  It was futile; the grease had soaked into the absorbent camel hair fibers.

My mother was a gentle, forgiving soul.  But none-the-less, I was horrified at the thought of telling her I had ruined my brand new pants that she had so generously just bought for me.  I felt so foolish at having been so careless.  I began running home, tears streaming down my face, fervently praying during the one block jaunt.  I ran into the house and found my Aunt making dinner.  Out of breath, I gasped my story and asked her to help me get out the grease spot.  I propped up my leg to show her the stain and was amazed to find that there was nothing there!  The entire grease stain was gone!  My aunt mumbled something about how it must have been mud, and that the mud fell off while I was running.  But Susan Grant and I knew different.  We knew we had tried to scrape the grease off with our nails, and we knew that the grease had soaked into the camel hair fabric.

I’ll never forget this simple, yet profound experience and I will always remember how my prayer was answered in a most welcome and wonderful way.  After this experience I knew without a doubt that there is more than meets the eye, and that miracles really do happen!

Miracles really do happen

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