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Once Redeemed By An Angel

Updated on February 24, 2017
By  empire mike
By empire mike


Republishing "Redeemed by an Angel: My Tribute To Nellieanna" (by her beloved stepson, Michael)

A messenger of God? A gift from God? I believe in angels. I know there are skeptics out there. They don't believe in angels; they don't believe in God. Some believe they are God. Others don't even believe in themselves. I personally tend to be skeptical about skeptics, even though that makes me one. So be it.

I first met Nellieanna a quarter of a century ago. My mother had recently died, and it was a family business meeting rather than a joyful gathering. Didn't have those in my family. I don't remember much about the occasion except its awkwardness and that it was the last time I ever saw my father. Two decades later was the next time I saw Nellieanna, at my dad's funeral. During that twenty years, he had learned to believe in angels.

I suppose God can send angels in any form He chooses: a stranger, a dream, a kitty. I don't think I believed in angels back then; probably didn't have an opinion. An angel can also assume the guise of what appeared to me as a frail, old woman. Of course first, or in this case, second impressions actually aren't always the best. Little did I know I was gazing upon a pillar of strength, health, and vitality. When she put her right arm around me and never let go, the scales fell from my eyes and I was able to behold an object of beauty to be treasured beyond all riches.
Saying you have been touched by an angel may certainly sound trite, but until it happens to you, the experience is incomprehensible. After it happens, you are never the same; you will become a better person as a result. It is one of those magical, mysterious things that happen all too rarely, but you never forget. It brings resurrection to the dead, seeing to the blind, hope to the despairing, joy to the depressed. In that moment, a miracle has taken place.

There was no logical reason why someone in her situation should welcome, accept, like, much less love me. Except that is Nellieanna's true nature. I had rejected her and her husband for the entire span of their marriage. I had gone as far as to tell her husband that i hated him. Yet after his passing, she still put her arm around me and never let go. She welcomed me as her own prodigal.
Nellieanna became my best friend, my mentor, my mother of choice. She helped me believe that my dad loved me; my hatred melted. In my darkest hours, she sheds light, she speaks of hope, she gives love without condition. She in turn teaches me how to receive that love and give it in return; I become able to accept and love myself. She generously shares from her vessels of wisdom and kindness. She has encouraged and helped me believe that I am special, as have all who have been graced by her presence.

She is my mom.

Messenger of God? Gift of God? Whatever. As for me, i believe in angels!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 months ago from TEXAS

      Thank you,Tom! Yes, we do, and Michael is my angel, too!

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      Tom Cornett 

      7 months ago from Ohio

      Hi Nellieanna. What a beautiful and wonderfully written tribute. We all need Angels. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 months ago from TEXAS

      Glad you got a milder storm! These are all part of Mother Nature and will keep happening, though we humans murmur about them. We do know that Spring will be coming! That’s the lovely thing about seasons. Just when we’re really tired of one, along comes another one. haha.

      Yes, time is precious, and as we age, we become so much more aware of it! There is no other time to enjoy but the time one is living, though - at any age. Perhaps more time will follow, but when or if it does, it will be just as much the “right now” as the moment right now is.

      Humans have a wonderful capacity for remembering, but a memory is frozen in time and cannot be ‘fixed’ or changed. Only the NOW one is in can be changed, - for the better or the worse.

      OH, yes! Stephen Hawking’s life is an inspiration and a beacon. He never gave up. He was also a good writer who, as you mention, could express big ideas in language so familiar, most of us can comprehend it.

      He always kept on the path he envisioned. Few other people could even begin to find answers he did, and few even understand his findings, but those findings of his have opened closed windows in the mystery of our Universe which others can use to continue the search for truth. Everyone can benefit from it, even without fully understanding it. Most of us couldn’t scientifically explain how a TV works, but we can enjoy what it brings to us. These further discoveries of science will open more things which are undreamed of now, except by the Stephen Hawkings who work at it for their lifetimes. Sometimes great discoveries are stumbled upon, while looking for some other truths!

      I’ve long ago stopped fretting about the people who don’t care or seem not to. It’s possible that their timing is just different. Anyway, it’s futile to fret about what others do or don’t do.

      I agree that the little acts of kindness one does, like holding open the door for someone, are a great source of joy and satisfaction. It’s also a pleasure to thank someone who does something nice like that! I’ve become nearly unable to lift some heavy item off an upper shelf at the store. I work at it,if I need the item, but it’s SO gratifying when someone younger and stronger offers to get it down for me! It may be a young woman or a young mom, or a strong guy. But the hearts involved are always so BIG!

      Always so much fun to read your posts and comments!

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      DREAM ON 

      7 months ago

      We were suppose to get one last storm but it didn't happen. Schools were closed ahead of time and we got an inch. I like to think of it as Mother Nature giving us her own April Fools joke a little early. So Spring has finally sprung. We have maybe six inches on the ground and it is melting every day. Thank you for your response. I notice now more than ever how precious time is. At the age of 53 I try to hint to other younger teenagers I work with enjoy the slow times as well as the busy times. I find they get easily bored and they want to rush through their day. I way why? You know what you have right now but you don't know what tomorrow will bring. This could be the best time of your life and your missing out because you want something else. I have their attention probably for a few minutes before they go back doing what they are doing. I tell them think of the greatest times in your life. Then relive those in your mind and find ways to turn this moment into that moment or better. Instead of rehashing the worst and boring times. Where you feel down and out. Bored and so unproductive and sad. All you have is this second. After it's gone. You just have the next second. I am sadden by the news of Stephen Hawking's death. Here is a man who against all obstacles tried to make us think and see the beauty in life. Most of his scientific knowledge is well beyond my comprehension. I walk away and think what was he trying to say. How did he do that again. He found a way to break down science in common terms. I know I learned more now than when I started. In a few days most of what I learned has quickly faded. I have to repeat the process a few times to trigger things that I watched and read. I found it shocking how so many people I talked to could careless about anything he said. I said don't you get it. They go on their phone and on u tube and are so self absorbed in their own world. As if they have no room for any other thoughts or beliefs. When I get the chance to read a hub from one of the many writers here on HubPages I am blown away. Here are people that have meaning and take the time to tell the world this is what I think and why? Instead of so many other people who just turn on the t;v; and lose focus and desire. I love t.v. as a tool to increase my desire and satisfaction not the other way around. I am not sure why this happens. There are many problems in the world today. We also have the brain power to solve each and every problem if we want to. Some how people don't want to. They rather cause trouble or complain which serves no purpose. Either you are part of the solution or you are part of the problem which is it. it is so easy to criticize but it is so hard to think and say try this and if this doesn't work how about this. Then combining your thoughts with mine we can do this. It doesn't have to be my way or your way or else. We are only part of a great big puzzle. Your piece connects into my piece and if not into someone else's then maybe later my piece. Together we have something magical. (Life) real beautiful and amazing, out of this world incredible thoughts and ideas. That can make everyone happy at different times. That thought makes my toes tingle. It sends incredible spine chilling feelings through my whole body. A sense of the unknown but what can be. I don't need a horror movie to do it. In the short time I have lived I have seen many people pass away. There influence has stayed with me till the day it is my turn to move on to the great beyond. Hopefully my thoughts and actions will help someone else make their life a little better. In this way our life has a greater purpose and good. It is not what people think. About the money., big house and many of the shallow thoughts people think. It is about the people we meet and love. if it is a long distant friendship that we have even if we never meet. A person walking down the street that we say hi too. I personally love holding the door for people when I walk into my restaurant going to work. It is one second of bonding time. There is no other reason why we both would meet. I could easily of walked ahead. Instead I wait if it is a guy or a girl and see their reaction. A quick thank you. Sometimes no reaction at all. Then I get the biggest surprise of my life. The people and children that are so receptive and appreciative. They rush to grab the door. They say thank you so much. They say chivalry isn't dead. How nice is that. There are still gentlemen in the world. I say take your time I am in no hurry. Nice to see you. Have a great day. The list goes on and on. If a simple gesture of holding the door makes a good impact think of all the other things we can do to help other people. In that moment I am King. I feel great. I have touched someone. If I had my way I would walk through the door all day just to hold the door for other people. Maybe I was a doorway for a fancy hotel in my other life. I know this is an odd subject that no one has ever problably mentioned but that is how my mind works. I can either talk about it. Share it. Thinking maybe there is one other person who thinks like me. Then we can smile and share stories. I have to get up to go to work at 6:30 A.M. My body woke me out of bed at 4:44 A.M. trying to tell me something while my wife sleeps. I know I will feel it later. So I go on line and see how I can take this energy and use it to the best possible use. Not enough time to write or read a hub without finishing it. Just enough time to write a comment on a meaningful hub that I have read and enjoyed. Just the right amount of time to share a little more joy where I felt it before. To carry that momentum even farther. To expand on a thought that has only scratched the surface. I like to think of it as scratching an itch that before we scratch it we can think of nothing else. Then after we scratch it we are so overjoyed. it isn't long after we move on. Forget about the itch completely, Life is funny that way. Have a wonderful and incredibly, special day. (Shells)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Michael! What a wonderful compliment your comment is! We all hope to be influences for good, in one way or the other! You certainly are one, with your upbeat, optimistic nature and ever-willingness to ‘break glass ceilings’ and continue reaching ever-higher and to embrace others' ideas!

      M thoughts and ideas, and responses to experience are just what come to me, you know, and I do think a lot. haha. For much of my life, I was usually shy about speaking them out loud, so I learned to write as well as I could and how to search for the most exact words to express myself, always hoping to be correctly understood (not necessarily agreed-with, but, if not, hoping disagreement would be based on correctly understanding whatever I was trying to express, so real discussion can start.)

      So much misuderstanding starts from simply failure to find the words to say what people mean to say, then others can attach other meanings to it and - - off goes uselss argument based on the wrong ideas to start with!

      When one’s ideas are stated more as they are, then they have better chances to can be discussed calmly, and, maybe people can discover that more than one viewpoint can be true, at least in people’s various circumstances, if those are understood, or at least, people's concepts of how others think can be improved.

      Anyway, thank YOU for always reaching across to understand mine!

      Hope the snow and stufff up there aren’t limiting your activities too much!

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      DREAM ON 

      8 months ago

      As crazy as life can be in the news, work and in every day living there is a balance. To find that balance is the key I learned from you Nellieanna. I am not always grammatically correct and many people view my thoughts as random. You are the one person who has been sharing so many thoughts and love on every turn. Here your stepson Michael realized how you are an (Angel). I totally agree. For me you are a person with such a kind, kindred spirit that keeps giving in every direction. I love when I go to someone's hub and little do I know you have already been there years before me. I read your comment and I am touched. When I read the same hub I wrote a line or two that describes what I felt. Then I read your words and they flow down the page. They could be a mini hub in itself. I can see you in my mind talking and sharing your insight and thoughtfulness. In that moment I have lost all sense of time. I go and read your comment again and I see all the right words arranged so perfectly. As if they were a crossword puzzle for everyone else to notice in their own time. I know I am blessed. When I go t your hubs they are more beautiful than I have ever imagined. Your words keep me tongue tied and your thoughts make my mind race. I don't know every word or every meaning but I know and feel the beauty. As if it was radiating from the page. I have learned to listen and learn. I may not understand fully how deep your understanding and insight is. I do know I feel the passion. The love. The feeling of joy. Every hub is like a play unfolding slowly but eloquently done, Then I think to myself that is how to write. To move people with your thoughts in a direction all their own. You present ideas and information. Guiding us as far as we want to go. We make the choice to read more. I sometimes have read to the end of your hub and I am so interested and your thoughts I have to slow down and reread your words again. I am guilty of splitting up your hub into mini series like Roots on t.v. years ago. I can't take it all in at one sitting. So I read what I can and then go to comment. Then it doesn't stop there. I see how many people have read your story or hub and how you have spread your joy thicker than one of my favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that I live and love so much. Growing up as a child I found that sandwich to be my comfort food. Still to this day it makes everything feel like it will be alright. In people form it is and always has been you. You don't always say what I think you will say. You say what I should hear. So I leave puzzled and at the same time comforted by just your hello. Over time I see bits and pieces what you were trying to explain to me. Your ahead of your time. I often return to the scene of a crime. There was no crime. I just loved and wanted to use that line. I return to where it all began. Writing and explaining what life feels like on March 22,2018. I know time moves forward and I don't know where it goes. I do know I am here right now and I am typing and smiling all the time. So to all the woman in the world who multitask and do three to five things at the same time. I am thrilled at doing two things. Well I will cut this short so it will not take up too much of your time. My wife (Carmela) and me Michael as Dream On send our love and prayers to bless you and thank you for all you have done. May this find you in good health and having the best time of your life. Please have a cup of tea on me.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 months ago from TEXAS

      Oh,Verlie! Thank you! I was just so happy to have my dear Michael Hay for a lovely visit!

      I am honored and privileged to know you and Ian on here, two of my most favorite people. I want to encourage Ian to come in to us more frequently but it's up to him, balancing his life and time. I can understand his situation. Thankfully, he does find time to visit and his visits here & occasionally on Facebook are like frosting on the cake!

      I love Dream On, too. He is such a faithful writing contributor on here. I've followed his progress for years and admire it so much. He's a precious person, whose thoughts come straight from a good heart.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

      Hi Nellieanna, I see you are 'on' and visiting with the illustrious Ian of Twilight Lawns and Dream On. I just read this piece again. It is beautiful. And I know it describes you well. Hugs dear lady. Good to see Ian. Tell him not to be such a stranger.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 months ago from TEXAS

      Thank you. dearest Ian!

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      Twilight Lawns 

      8 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      A message for you (and for you also) to take to Michael when you next see him.

      I have read some lovely prose in the past, and I have felt emotionally touched, in a greater or lesser degree, by that. Yet here, I have experienced just a little, second hand, the emotion and love of one person for a person I also love. Michael, you are a lucky man.

      We have never met, yet we have spent hours and hours together, enjoying each other's company; sorting out our own personal feelings about this world. We have never met, but God knows you are in my heart, and where closer could I place you?

      Nellieanna, your Michael is such a lucky person to, not only have realised, eventually your worth, but also to have the blessing of having you as his Mother, his Mom.

      Much love and hugs to you, my precious dear one.

      Ian

      x

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 months ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Michael (Dream On)!

      You know that I didn't write this. It was written to me by my beloved step-son, Michael Hay. He's no longer writing on Hubpages, so his hubs all disappeared, but I had a copy of this one, so I posted it, but it had to be as a hub on my hub site.

      Yes, your main point that life is amazing and wonderful is such a pleasure to read! Every day of my life is like that, too - being thankful and amazed at how great it is to be alive.

      Now it's only a short time till I will celebrate my 86th birthday here on this Earth in this life, and it's still amazing and wonderful every day!

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      DREAM ON 

      9 months ago

      I am very pleased to have had an opportunity to write and share what thoughts I felt were important at that second of time. Life changes constantly and with it comes new life. One bold and breath taking experience after another if we are in tune. Either quiet or taking action I feel how amazing life is as it permeates through every cell of my skin. Thank you for taking the time and effort for all your hubs in thought long before they became in written form.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      19 months ago from TEXAS

      Dearest Shauna, Thank you, dear friend. It is a legacy of love, and one which fills my heart. It seemed good to share that love by re-posting it.

      I appreciate your kind words. I try to touch lives positively, or at least, not negatively.

      Hugs!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      19 months ago from Central Florida

      Nellieanna, this will be your legacy. This is such a beautiful expression of love. You touch lives everywhere you go, even via cyberspace.

      Thank you for posting this.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Bodylevive. I appreciate your kind comment and am pleased to meet you. Seems we’ve both been around Hubpages for 7 years, so finally we meet!

      I took a quick look at your Hubpage, which I like to do when first meeting a fellow Hubber. I see some interesting hubs I’d like to explore!

      May angels watch over you!

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      BODYLEVIVE 

      20 months ago from Alabama, USA

      This is so beautiful and how wonderful of you to republish it. May you be blessed in all that you do. I do believe in angels!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Dream On! What a treat to see you here writing your responses to this very special hub! Yes! Words - and the meanings they convey - can heal. . . or else they can hurt. Words are symbols, mere scratches and marks on a screen or paper or sound waves hanging in the air. But they can be felt like caresses or attacks, like balm or poison. It depends both on the hearts of the one saying them and the one receiving them.

      A profound thought you mention, that “. . .scientists will uncover a new connection between words and life as we know it. . . ” That connection to our very life gives an even greater importance to our words and places more responsibility on us in using them, though they must not be burdensome if they are to come alive.

      The scriptures give power to the role of words. “In the beginning was The Word. . . .”

      I’ve loved words all my life, I think, both reading and writing them, also singing them. Even as a small kid, I sought and collected words, in books and on paper, and with my playmate as we I created lives for our dolls and had them act them out. We were like script-writers for movies for those dolls!

      You are so right that they come alive when we close our eyes and ponder and visualize what the words MEAN to us. Without their ability to convey meanings, they’re just marks on a paper or screen or empty sounds in the air.

      When their meaning is both given and received in concert, they do have the power of healing, because they communicate faith that healing is not only possible but it already ‘in there’ awaiting to be stirred and faith to be given power to heal.

      The experience of letting them ‘just float around’as you say, till you are ready to receive their meanings to you is exactly what that is! It is not only the sending out of healing or understanding but is culminated with the receiving of it when the time is right for you so that your understanding is awakened and responds. That is profound, Michael! Then you let your messages out to allow others to receive and mold them to fit, and perhaps, to pass them along to yet others.

      If only everyone were able to perceive that and grow with it! You possess a very deep heart and soul!

      I agree that we probably met here on Hubpages about 7 years ago. That’s a long time in cyberspace! LOL Who knows. Maybe we've met in another life!

      The last few days have been sun-filled and mild here. But I've been busy and didn’t check comments till now when it has become evening-approaching-bedtime. Still have supper dishes to wash and evening ablutions to do. (brushing teeth, cleaning face and changing into pajamas) Have been going to bed late and getting up early for a couple of nights and I find myself dozing off sitting here, sometimes with my laptop on my lap!

      Hope your weather is not too cold and that it feels good. SHELLS.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Oh, yes, Manatita, it was so sweet of him. And certainly Life has many twists and turns, as I think is the essence of being a-live, or else it would be a-not-live. Its movement and change, its insecurity naturally produce ups and downs, twists and turns, ins and outs and all the constant contrasts and features of being alive. Accepting that is so freeing! When it works out smoothly, it’s over as life as we know it. That is when it’s run its course here and is ready for whatever may be next.

      It is incredibly beautiful and its simplicity is surely its greatest secret and lesson. Its mystery is its simplicity and its simplicity is its mystery. People making it complicated takes them off on wild-goose chases and overlooks what explains itself. I appreciate your responses! Love.

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      DREAM ON 

      20 months ago

      To read the hub that your stepson Michael wrote makes me realize how words can heal. I think in some ways better than modern medicine. I am no doctor but I do think scientists will uncover a new connection between words and life as we know it. Far beyond what we think is possible. I know when I read your hubs I can not take in their whole essence. I enjoy and appreciate their continued beauty like a flower opening and closing. It takes time and ever so slowly it happens when I am not really sure. I do know I come back again and wait and wait. Then sometimes when I close my eyes for just a second I missed it. Then I learned through you I didn't miss anything. My eyes had to shut for that exact split second for another reason. Life is a constant work of art that we all participate. Someone had to have the vision. Other people carry out that vision even farther. Some people love to just watch and other people like to skip and walk right bye. All people all types makes the world a beautiful place. Your words heal and nurture. I have never seen an angel before but if I ever do I know exactly what one could look like. All I have to do is close my eyes and listen to your words. Even the words I don't understand now never leave. They just float around until I am ready. Your comments have been received graciously and with great enthusiasm. I am always searching for a balance. I am a lot like a bull in a china shop. My thoughts come at the wrong time and not as perfect as I would like. So as I release them to the world I let the world mold them into something more. I think I have known you for seven years. Time escapes me and a year ago seems like yesterday. I think my age is starting to show. (lol) I am so proud to have had the chance to meet you through HubPages and experience so many great times. May this comment find you in the best of health and reach you after lunch while your food is digesting. So no wasted time and effort. Thank you and have a sun filled lovely day. (shells)

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      manatita44 

      20 months ago from london

      So very sweet of him! Life has so many twists and turns! A bit like my Chinese Movies, sometimes. When finally it all works out, it's simply beautiful! Much Love.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Manatita.

      Michael is quite soft-spoken and gentle and this truly was heartfelt, as you perceived.

      He was just here last week and was delighted that I re-published this beautiful hub. I hope that he'll find time to be active in HP again. But his life is quite busy and has changed dramatically. I love him dearly and am always so pleased when he comes to see me!

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      manatita44 

      20 months ago from london

      What a beautiful and touching Hub. truly heartfelt. Thanks Michael.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Venkatachari, Thank you! Michael writes so beautifully, though his present life-style is unconnected with writing and reading his own words almost surprises him. But I have no doubt that it’s “in there” in him. Everything he wrote on Hubpages was so well done and so authentic . His Dad always believed in his writing talent. Thank you for appreciating his tribute to me. I certainly do! If I need a ‘boost’, I can just read it! :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Michael Milec. Thank you my friend. Well, I’m very human and fallible, though ‘I’m blessed with an optimistic outlook in almost any situation. Thank you for seeing through the dross to a kernel of inner peace and joy in me.

      Michael has read these comments and has seen your words of regard to him. It would be great if he chose to come back and resumed writing and publishing here. Certainly the warm invitation pleases him. Meanwhile,, his life has taken other directions and he’s much happier. That’s what thrills my heart and soul.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      My dear Cyber Daughter, Martie, thank you. It’s humbling and gratifying to learn of having made a difference in someone’s life. I may not be an official or a very reliable angel, - knowing my own lacks, - but it’s encouraging to know there are good times! ;)

      Michael is doing so well and is much happier now. I mentioned to hm that he’s missed on here and that he’d be welcome any time on HP. He was surprised that his hubs are not displayed. I’ve no idea how that happened, other than perhaps it’s automatic after a period of inactivity, I wished I’d have copied and saved more of them!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Ruby, Thank you! I agree that angels are always nearby, even those who don't know that they are, for someone.

      I was rescued by one at age 7, and could never doubt their existence from then on; plus it was someone from another race in a place with none of his race living there, which permeated my views from then on, as well!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Maria, I’ve conveyed your message to Michael and it pleased him!

      I’m smiling, too, both because of your kind words and from being able to convey them to him.

      I am so happy, knowing how much happier he is now than in the past.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Tim, thank you for sharing your experience on hubpages of feeling you were helped! It’s most gratifying and I appreciate knowing if I had any part in it! I've experienced on the receiving end, too.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Shanmarie, Thank you. I agree that these words express experiences which most of us have related to, either or both from the giving or the receiving ends. Perhaps it’s what humans are truly meant for.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Eric, what a wonderful comment. I hoped that sharing the love Michael expressed in this would be the clear message of re-publishing it. Thank you for that reassurance!

      It was my pleasure to share his illustration from his original hub, too. He's a quite talented photographer with a artist's eye. Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Genna, yes, it is wonderful that he’s found his own true path and contentment. He truly is a cherished and cherishable person and I love him dearly.

      I’ve no doubt that each of us has been or can be an angel in the life of someone, even without realizing it! Timing and many other key factors somehow line up to contribute, but when and however it happens, it’s like a miracle. Thank you for your dear comments! Hugs!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear John H., Thank you! Yes, you probably did read it before, even if Michael was not active when you joined. I'm not sure of its timing but I referenced it on my profile and it was still on his hubpages, even if he had become inactive. I appreciate your revisiting and liking it now! There is something so awesome when someone feels touched by someone else deeply, it transcends the individuals involved. I showed him the re-publishing here, plus the comments and he was somewhat amazed. He remembered feeling what he expressed and enjoyed revisiting it, but didn’t quite remember writing the words.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      20 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Mike Friedman, once more! Thank you! I’d be most pleased for you to share that with Michael. Would need to discuss how, since he's inactive on HP. But I’ve gone on and have given him my copy of the book with a bit of explanation. I’ll replace mine right away. The timing just seemed so right to give him your book now.

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      Venkatachari M 

      20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A very beautiful and well-deserved tribute to you, Nellieanna, from your son, Michael. He is so nice to put all those feelings in such a clear-cut way and share it with all of us. I am very thankful to God for having such an angel among us.

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      Michael-Milec 

      21 months ago

      Dear Nellieanna Hay. Michael has revealed all 'secrets' of you I was suspicious of from the very moment we "met" on HP. Your true nature is known, felt in every word of communication and you are real instrument of the God in what you share encouraging and loving the way nature of God does. You are the blessing not only to your stepson Michael who knows you personally and have priviledge to love you as a God's gift called mom, but you are blessing in my life and a life of many as is well noticable in countless comments available on these pages.

      Give please my regards to your son Michael encouraging him to come back and publishe once again.

      Be blessed and continue to be a blessing.

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      Martie Coetser 

      21 months ago from South Africa

      Dearest Nellieanna, 'touched by an angel' is exactly how I would describe your presence in my life since the day I arrived in Hubpages way back in 2010. Your advise and encouragement via comments and emails pulled me from the depths of acute depression and gave me a new perspective on my life, myself, others and on life in general. Since the beginning I call you my mother in cyberspace (CM), and you play this roll in my life just perfectly. So, I share Mike's admiration for you, and his gratefulness. I will always cherish our online relationship, and thank God because you have decided to reach out to me. You are most certainly an angel.

      How is Mike? I enjoyed his hubs, and I'm sad because they are no longer available.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I love hearing about your love and kindness to others. I believe in angels, and I really believe I've met a few. Thanks for sharing this. I can't remember ever reading it.

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      Maria Jordan 

      21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Nellieanna,

      I could not agree with Michael more...your unconditional love and acceptance gave him the power to forgive his Father and himself. And that's truly the stuff that angels are made of.

      Michael was fun to virtually 'pal around' with after your kind introduction. Please let him know he is missed.

      Love you and thanks for sharing this again - like you, it's a keeper.

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      mckbirdbks 

      21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Nellieanna, if I may; I'd like to pass to your son, that you inspired one of my The Carriage Driver stories. You know which one. You have inspired so many of us here.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      21 months ago from Escondido, CA

      It is good to see you sharing this. I remember reading once before. Well received with nod of a humble head. An amazing tribute! I know once in my past here how you helped me too. I am always thankful Nelieanna.

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      Shannon Henry 

      21 months ago from Texas

      I'm going to comment a little more via email. But for now, know that this is a beautiful set of words, whatever your reason for publishing it are. Jonah is right in saying others relate. In fact, my hub "Angels of the Earthly Kind" was inspired as much by you as some others in my life. I remember clearly what I was thinking and feeling when I wrote it, who was on my mind at the time. And specific incidents associated with those people.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Please be assured that your sharing it with us, is in fact sharing the love, thank you.

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      Genna East 

      21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Dearest Nellieanna...

      I was delighted to see your name pop up in my HP mail. Michael's stunning tribute is remarkable and cherishing. That he found forgiveness, love, strength and hope in the most dire of circumstances -- the passing of his father, George, to whom he had not spoken in so long -- is one of life's miracles. Such miracles are bound to us by angels; I truly believe this. And I agree with Mike in that we have one in Nellieanna. There are angels of the earth and of heaven. Earth angels are souls like you…those who help us find our way. Thank you for sharing this with us. :-)

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A beautiful and touching tribute to you from your stepson, Nellieanna. I do think I have read this before but it deserves to be read again and again. thank you for resharing it.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      21 months ago from TEXAS

      Indeed it is Eric. Sometimes when one least realizes it, it can make an enormous different to someone, and its gives oneself enormous joy one hadn't expected.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very touching. Love is awesome!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      21 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Mike. Thank you. (blush) My purpose for republishing this was a specific one, and I didn't intend to leave it up for long. Michael is my George's younger son and is like my own son, and more so. He was active on HP a number of years ago, but then was not and none of his hubs are now available on HP. What a shame! He writes so well. I saved one other of his hub and this one because of its great dearness to me. Wish I'd saved more of them.

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      mckbirdbks 

      21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Very nice tribute, Mike. I think all those that find themselves here will agree with you. (How often dies that happen?) Nellieanna Hay, is an angel who walks among us.

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