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Did We See What We Thought We Saw?


We were just goofing off – my little sister and me. Mom was working and we were alone so we decided to walk to the park. It wasn’t that far away, and we were too dumb to know we lived in a dangerous neighborhood. And we were bored.

For some reason, we decided that we were going to climb on top of the swing set and just watch the clouds. You know how kids – and some adults – see things in the clouds…one looks like a pig or maybe an eagle…So we were just watching the clouds.

We were pretty shocked and surprised about what we saw next. It is something that still makes me think about it today. When my sister and I talk about it, we wonder if it really happened just the way we saw it…and we come to the conclusion that we both saw it happen – so it must have been real…

The sky that day was the perfect sky…that brilliant blue that only happens on that perfect summer day. There were just enough clouds to make it fun looking for shapes…and they were those big, puffy, fun clouds – the ones that make the skyline perfect – not signaling rain or bad weather – just promising a wonderful day – not to hot and not to cool….

After laughing about the shapes and watching the clouds for a little while, the clouds all gathered together in front of us. It was like all of the clouds in the sky over Kansas had gathered right there in front of us. They were almost like storm clouds and raised high in the sky. Rolling clouds…at least, that’s what we thought at first….

It is hard to describe what happened with the clouds…the picture they made….but I will try.

Imagine, if you will, a picture of a huge, white castle – towering high and surrounded by the big, fluffy clouds that we had been watching all day. On either side of the castle are long curving staircases that lead to the top of the castle – almost disappearing into the sky…At the top of the stairs is a huge chair – maybe even a throne…and sitting in the chair is a man with long, flowing snow white hair and long robes that gathered around his feet. You can see the all-knowing eyes and it seems as if he is watching you. Then he spreads his arms wide – as if inviting you to watch on both sides of him. He looks to one side, so your eyes follow. You see a person ascending the staircase…you can tell it’s a man – even though he, too, has long robes on…The man turns and you are taken by surprise when you see the face of your father that passed away several years before. He smiles, then turns and continues to climb the stairs – eyes intent on his destination at the top.

You see the man in the chair look to the other side. There you see a young woman climbing…you can’t really see her face, even when she, too, turns to look at you. She looks familiar, but you just can’t put your finger on why…then you look at your sister and see her profile on the young woman you see walking up the stairs. You realize that you are watching the sister you never knew…she died a day after she was born…

Once again, your attention is drawn to the first staircase. You see two little boys holding hands and walking up – skipping stairs here and there in their hurry to reach the top. Could these be your little brothers – who also died shortly after they were born? You realize that this must be true.

You watch as all of these people continue their way to the top. They all arrive at the same time. They stand next to the man on the throne…some on one side, some on the other. The man on the throne smiled and the sun peered through the clouds at that exact time – framing the scene in the golden rays.

You look away – towards your sister sitting beside you on the top of a swing set in the middle of a park in a bad area of town. You look back to the sky and the clouds have separated once again…the scene you thought you saw is gone. There are still big, white, fluffy clouds and that one over there looks like a giant teddy bear.

You look back at your sister. Both of you are speechless. By some unspoken word, you both climb down from the swing set and walk quietly back home, neither of you speaking. Neither of you being able to put the scene you saw into words….if you truly did see it…

Imagine this….and then you can see what we saw that day…

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Hey Teach - Marvelous writing my dear. I wrote a little something this morning myself if you'd care to take a peek.

Up and 4 stars.

The Frog


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Frog-thanks for the comment! I did peek at your newest ...makes you think!


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Exceptional Hub -- and most exceptional vision -- you explain what you saw beautifully -- it was like being there, too! Great read and thank you. Best/Sis


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee

Beautifully written. I am sorry about your sister, but I suspect she is very grateful to be memorialized so lovingly.

Voting up and wishing you a blessed day.


leann2800 4 years ago

Beautiful imagery in the story. I really love the picture too. Thanks for sharing.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

leann - thank you for the kind comment! I loved the picture, too..wish I could take credit for it, but it was a photobucket find!


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epigramman 4 years ago

..well I came out from the cinema after watching that Mel Gibson film where they crucified Jesus and in the parking lot my buddy and I (he was my witness) saw a perfectly shaped cloud in the form of a 'cross' - a month or so later my mum died - this is serious - I am not kidding - and I invited you to my new group - yes?

at Facebook I created a new group called LET'S JUST TALK MUSIC OR CINEMA - please think about it - you are invited and it would be a thrill to have you there

lake erie time 1:44am and my name is Colin Stewart with the same profile photo - and the group title is on my page to click for a link

p.s. -I have posted this remarkable story of yours to my Facebook page


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Epi - you invited me and I have visited...I am LaDena in my other world!

So sad about your mum...was the cross a sign of your future?


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....far out - I'm embarrassed about that - I get confused between hub names and real names - lol - wow that's great then - how do you like the group so far?

As for my dear mum (and best friend) she died back in 2004 and had a good life in her 83 years - I looked after my mum in her last years and she had a good life - no regrets - as for my future - I don't know - I live at the lake here in my cottage and my financial situation is dire for hanging onto my life here at the lake - and I look at the clouds all of the time over the lake - it's quite a sight - but we all take one day at a time and the future is often out of our hands.

lake erie time 2:18am


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Epi - no need to be embarrassed! It's not like I go by my real name here...just one version of it! And I love the site! Bringing back memories!


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winbo 4 years ago

beautifully written..


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you winbo!


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

This is a very nice story. I am glad it was not a book, I would have spent the whole day reading it. When I finished reading I got a glimmer of the idea that the best writings are from the heart. Thank you.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Eric...thank you for your kind comments!

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