The Beautiful Little Angel Who Sang In The School Christmas Play: A True Short Story

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When my children were in Elementary School, their school would put on a Christmas play every year. We parents always looked forward to seeing our children perform. All the children were beautiful and very talented even at their young age.

The very best singers were picked to sing the Christmas carols. There was one little girl who stood out among all the others. Not only was she a beautiful child, but she had the voice of an angel, too!



The Night This Little Angel Sang In The Christmas Play

The auditorium of the elementary school was filled. Mrs. Walker was playing Christmas carols on the piano.


The families of the Kindergarten class had come to see and hear their little ones performing the annual Christmas play. The mothers chatted among themselves. The fathers crowded together around the stage with their cameras, eager to take a picture of their little darling. The older children laughed and talked with each other.


The stage was set with a manger in the center. A “Jesus” doll lay in the manger in the middle of a pile of hay. “Joseph” fidgeted in his long, grey robe, anxious for the play to start. “Mary” stood very still and proper beside “Joseph”. Her white robe covered the top of her head and reached the floor. Copper colored ringlets pushed their way out from the sides of her head covering.


Then the lights dimmed. Everyone became silent and very still. Mrs. Walker began to play “Away in a Manger”. There was a rustling sound from the back of the auditorium.

The audience turned in unison to see ten little angels begin their slow walk down the aisle toward the stage.

The tenth angel was smaller and shorter than the other little girls, but she walked tall and straight, as though she had a book on top of her head. Her walk seemed to say that she was proud to have been chosen for this important role in the play.

She was identically dressed like the other nine little angels. A halo was held to her head in a sort of magical way, a pair of realistic wings had been attached to her erect little shoulders. Her long, white robe was made of satin. The hem covered her feet. Her footsteps made no sound.

Her hands were hidden in the folds of the long, flowing sleeves. Even though this little angel was a carbon copy of the other little angels, there was something noticeably different about her.

As the ten little angels passed by me where I was sitting, I could hear her voice above the others, singing the notes high and clear. Every word she sang was as clear as a bell.


The ten little angels took their places in two straight lines behind the manger. This little angel stood in the front row on the left side. Her baby fine blonde hair was long, reaching to her waistline. When the stage lights touched her hair, it shone. Her tiny face was very round, almost cherubic.

Her eyes were the color of the bluest crayon. This little angel had a perfect turned up nose. Two dimples framed her mouth, and a third dimple was deep into her chin. Her lips were a rosy red, although she wore no lipstick.

There was space inside her small mouth where two front teeth had been.

She stood very straight, and as she sang, her face was joyfully lifted toward the ceiling. This was the most beautiful little girl I knew I had ever seen.

When the performance ended, the children all ran off the stage to their waiting families. This tiny angel stood alone on the stage.

Then her proud parents ran to her. Her father scooped her into his arms and hugged her tightly. Her Mother kissed her and hugged her, too.


As they walked away, arms around each other, I knew the little angel was blind.



This Little Angel Still Sings

This beautiful child was born blind, but she never let her blindness stand in her way of excelling in school. She went on to attend college, and got a degree. The last time I heard of her, she was teaching in a school for the blind.

She still sings.

© 2014 Mary Hyatt

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

As a teacher, I sat through many of those Christmas plays, and they were always one of the highlights of the year. You fashioned a lovely story here, Mary. The perfect way to begin my day.


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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

What a beautiful story to tell of many years later, Mary. I is amazing how we can carry such vivid memories. It is wonderful that you know what became of that one little angel to this day. I am happy that she still sings!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Oh Wow mary I never saw that coming! How wonderful! I could see all the children, the way you wrote it was so descriptive! and then, well I won't spoil it for others, but amazing! And she was real too? fantastic piece mary! voted up and shared all over!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, billybuc, thanks so much for the lovely compliment on my story. You are the pro writer, so I really value your opinion.

You just made my day. My best, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, colorfulone. Oh, yes, I can still remember this little angel singing her heart out. I think she will always sing!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Nell, Thanks for the nice comment on my Little Angel who sang. You paid me a nice compliment, and I do appreciate that.

Thanks so much for reading , commenting, the votes and the shares.

I hope you have a wonderful day, Mary


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

What a beautifully written little Christmas story, with an amazing and true twist at the end! I did not see that coming at all.

I'm very impressed with this, Mary.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

You bring life to the descriptive words you write Mary. I love your little angel who sang in the school Christmas play. Just beautiful! Hugs to you my friend. Audrey


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AngeShearer 2 years ago from Whangarei, Northland

Wow Billybuc you brought tears to my eyes what a very inspiring piece. ..thankyou so much for reminding me anything is possible


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Awwww, Mary what a beautiful story. A tale of perseverance and strength...the drive to not allow a handicap to stop us from moving forward. Thank you for sharing.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, Dear Mary, I was right there watching that little angel! How precious of a story here and what a wonderful ending that was a complete surprise.

I truly enjoyed this beautiful piece of writing here on this lovely Sunday afternoon.

Excellent write.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Blessings always


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh what a beautiful story! Your detailed description of the little girl brought her vividly into my heart. Thank you for sharing this.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Wow, this story is divinely beautiful, as are you, for telling it in such a skillful manner that the ending came as a lovely surprise.

Voted up across the board except for funny, and shared.

Sending Blessings & Love Your Way,

Gail


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Oh Mary what a beautiful story so beautifully written. I could see that little angels dimples and blue eyes but never saw her blindness. this was a terrific story that shows how children adapt themselves to any situation. Then you go on to tell what a wonderful and full life this little angel led!

Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Will. Coming from a master story teller just as you, your comment really made my happy. I don't write much in the way of stories, but I enjoyed telling this story.

Thanks again, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi vocalcoach (Audrey) I am so happy you enjoyed reading about the little angel.

Hugs right back at you, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi AngeShearer, Thanks so much. Bill has written many wonderful stories here. My little story pales to his work.

I'm happy you found my story an inspiring one. Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Sunshine625 This child never let her blindness stand in her way! She was determined to be the best even though she was blind. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, My best, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Faith, so nice to see you, and I thank you for the nice compliment on my story about the little angel who was blind.

I do appreciate your reading, commenting, the votes and the shares!

Blessings back to you on this Sunday, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi always exploring, I thank you so much for reading my story about the blind angel, and I appreciate your kind words. My best, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there HBN (Gail), Having a nice comment like you made really makes me feel great! I am not known for my short stories, so thanks for the encouragement.

Thanks, too, for the votes and the share, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, tillsontitan Oh, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I do appreciate that so much. This child was truly a beautiful and talented singer. I was sorry she was blind, but that never stood in her way. Mary


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Wow and the angel was blind but the angel above her was not. Great story Mary. I loved it and brought back some memories of my own girls when they were little.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Lady Guinevere It's so nice to see you! I am so happy you liked my story about the little blind angel, and I'm happy it brought back memories for you and your own girls.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Mary


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a lovely story, Mary. The surprise ending was very touching. I'm glad that the little angel went on to have a good life.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

You write this with great style. I like how you led the reader to the surprise ending. This little girl is an example of how we should live life with a positive attitude. Thank you for the uplifting story.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

What a beautiful story of the little angel, with a pleasant surprise in the end!

Your description brought it alive, touching and so beautiful. And the best part is-- this was real.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece and voted up!


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phoenix2327 2 years ago from United Kingdom

Mary this is a beautiful story and a lovely way to usher in the coming holidays. A perfect Christmas tale.


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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Mary. A lovely story with a sad and then joyous end. She sounds a wonderful lady. Her parents are more than proud I am sure. Well done.

Graham.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Alicia C. I'm so happy you liked my true story of the little angel. Yes, she was a beautiful child who grew up to be a beautiful lady.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary


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Anna Maria Nava 2 years ago from Switzerland

What a beautiful moving story Mary. I am glad that the little angel was able to live a good life.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, teaches12345. Thank you for the nice compliment on my true story about the little angel. No one in the audience would have ever expected this child to be blind ; that was part of her beauty in singing.

I'm happy you found my story an uplifting one. Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, ChitrangadaSharan, so nice to see you, and thank you so much for your sweet comment. I appreciate that, and your vote. My best, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Well, good morning, Anna Maria Nava How wonderful to see you here today!

I appreciate your nice compliment. Yes, she overcame her blindness to go on to do great things with her life. My best to you, Mary


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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Mary. A delightful story. Sad and yet joyful. I am sure this young lady is proud of herself as are her parents. Well done.

Graham.


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

What a beautiful, heartwarming story! Thank you for sharing!


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story of a moving experience.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi old albion Many thanks for reading and for the nice comment about the little angel. Yes, her parents were very proud of their little blind daughter.

My best to you, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, btrbell, Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my story about the little angel.

I really appreciated that. Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi BlossomSB I'm so happy you found my story about the little angel a beautiful one.

My best, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, phoenix2327 Thank you for the lovely comment you left me on my story! Goodnight, Mary


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

This is lovely Mary, I could see the story as it unfolded, beautiful, sad, emotional. The truth comes shining through, and what a wonderful example of love and positive thinking.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A beautiful story Mary and I vote up plus share.

Here's wishing you a great day and thank you for sharing.

Eddy.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, travmaj Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my little angel. I do appreciate that so much.

Have a wonderful day, Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Eidden. So nice to see you here today! I am so happy you thought my story a beautiful one.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and the share, My best, Mary


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

A story that warms your heart even as sad as it is. Glad to know she has done so well in this world. God has blessed her.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Gypsy Rose Lee It makes me happy to know you found my story heart warming. Yes, this girl has gone far in life, and has been blessed with loving parents and God. Goodnight, Mary


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

What a beautiful story, Mary. I hope this little girl (woman) knows how special she is to have touched someone's heart in a way that has never been forgotten.

Thank you for sharing her story.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, bravewarrior, I'm so happy you found my story about the little angel a beautiful one. Yes, she certainly touched my life; I have never forgotten her. She was such a special child, thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful, inspiring story, Mary. I take my hat of for people who achieve great heights in spite of their disability :)


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Martie, Yes, this child was a true inspiration for everyone who knew her and followed her life.

I'm happy you found my story beautiful and inspirational. Thank you, Mary


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

What a beautiful and heartwarming Christmas story. This is so inspirational. There but for the grace of God go I.


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OhMe 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

A beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, suzettenaples, thank you so much for your nice compliment Yes, this girl was an inspiration to all who knew her. Mary


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, OhMe I am so happy you found my story about the little blind angel a beautiful one. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Beautiful stories and school plays were exciting. Christmas time is such a special time of the year.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, DDE. Yes, I always enjoyed these Christmas plays when my four daughters were in school. All the children were so adorable. This little blind girl was especially adorable.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan

Mary, an angel indeed! What a precious picture you have painted with your words. I loved the play by play description as it unfolded and then rested on the final spotlight - a little angel girl.

Thank you for sharing this story. It warmed my heart and made me smile BIG!

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Mekenzie. Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my story about the little blind angel. I am so happy it made you smile; that means a lot to me.

Goodnight and blessings to you, too, Mary


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askformore lm 2 years ago

Thank you for sharing a very beautiful "Christmas Play" story.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, askformore lm I'm so happy you found my story about the little blind angel a beautiful one. Thanks so much for reading, and commenting, Mary


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

A beautiful story! The little girl did not allow her handicap to get the better of her. She went up on stage to sing.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Vellur. Thank you so much for the nice compliment on my story about the little blind girl who sang.

I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment, Mary


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pstraubie48 24 months ago from sunny Florida

Little Angels have their own unique and special gifts...

They can rise above the human frailties and serve as a model for each of us.

Lovely lovely story Voted up up and away and shared

Many Angels are on the way to you ps


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mary615 24 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, pstraubie, yes this little Angel had a very special gift, and was an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

I'm so happy you found my story about the little Angel and found it to be lovely.

Thank so much for the vote and the share, Mary


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tobusiness 24 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

A wonderful read. I was quite expecting the little girl to be your own little angel, this is inspirational and beautifully done.


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mary615 24 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, tobusiness Thank you so much for the nice compliment! I'm so glad you found the story inspirational and beautiful.

No, this little blind angel was not mine, but I would have been proud to have her as my own.

Merry Christmas, Mary


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peachpurple 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

Awesomestoey, kids are angels, literally, great hub


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, peachpurple. Thanks so much for reading my story about the little blind angel. Yes, all kids are little angels, aren't they? I appreciate your nice compliment on my story. Mary


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Peggy W 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

What an uplifting story and the way you painted a picture of that little girl with your words, I could imagine the scene in my mind. Nice to know that she is doing well and now helping others who are blind. Up votes and sharing.


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Phyllis Doyle 23 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Such a very endearing story, Mary. It is so wonderful to know the little blind Angel has done so well in life. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Peggy W Thank you so much for the nice compliment. It makes me feel good to know you could imagine the scene in your mind.

Yes, this girl has done very well in her life even though she is blind.

Thanks so much for reading, the votes and the share, Mary


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Phyllis Doyle. I'm so happy your found my story about the little blind angel to be endearing, thank you very much. She was certainly an inspiration to everyone who knew her.

Happy New Year, Mary


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annart 19 months ago from SW England

What a beautiful picture you painted here, mary. It's strange how some afflictions are countered by an outstanding talent in some area. A success story indeed!

Ann


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, annart. Thank you for your sincere compliment on my story about the little angel. Yes, even though she was blind, she was blessed with a beautiful voice.

Happy Mother's Day, Mary

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