I call them "Earth Angels." Jo, I believe, calls them "Angels Walking." They are the same thing. People who appear in your life and help you out far above and beyond and just as quickly are gone again. They come for all different reasons and in all different seasons but they surely are around.
I had the pleasure today of meeting one. As I do every year and wrote about It last year, I go to the Memorial Show in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York every year. Although I love seeing the old planes and watching some incredible take-offs, landings and air flight shows, I go mainly to honor my farther. An air force man who would have never missed it if he were alive.
He served in World War 11 and was in the 8th Air Force, 351st group and was in and stationed with Clark Gable with whom he and many others became friends with. He always spoke so highly of him and I have several old pictures of the two of them. And remember some of his stories of the war. His philosophy after the war was "When your time is up, it's up." He saw so many fellow "brothers" lost that he was amazed he made it through alive although he'd taken a few bullets.
His secret to having made it through the war was that he became engaged to my mother shortly before leaving. He would not marry her in case he didn't come home, he didn't want to leave her as a young widow. So he took the engagement ring he was going to give her and had a secret pocket built into it....which he used on all missions. When he came home, he was able to give her the ring-it was his "good luck" charm.
I went to ask a man a question about what time the planes might be flying. He didn't know but was curious, I think, what I was doing there with Laura. It's they type of thing that many men come out to see but not a lot of women. I mentioned that my father had been in the Air Force and I came every year. He knew of my father, it turns out.....and proceeded to take me into the museum where he ended up giving Laura and I a personal tour, pointing out things I never would have noticed or known what they meant.
He introduced me to others that worked there and spent a good two hours telling both Laura and I stores and facts that I had never heard from my dad. Many people, he believes, have lost the meaning of Memorial Day....he said it came down to two things: Sales at the stores and Barbeques; he may be right. I didn't learn his name and he doesn't know mine but I truly consider this person who took so much time today to give me knowledge and information I never would have know to be one of those "Earth Angels" ---Sent from my dad without a doubt.
*The Air Show runs through Monday and is located at the Republic Air Base, Farmingdale, Long Island, New York
**Carole Provenzale has been a Certified Feng Shui Consultant since 1997 and is the Founder of Feng Shui Long Island providing on site Feng Shui Consultations for New York City (Manhattan) and all of Long Island for Homes, Apartments, Businesses, Corporations, Renovations and New Construction. Carole also provides Lectures and Workshops on Feng Shui Principles.