An Angel In Overalls
By Candace Green
It all begin two days after my grandfather passed away from colon cancer at the age of 68. I walked into Wal-Mart with my mother, little brother and my first child ( she was a toddler at the time).
We were completely grief stricken from the loss of one of someone very dear to our hearts, he was a fun-loving, hilarious hyper active, unselfish preacher, whom all loved that knew him.
Meanwhile, my brother went off his own way to look at things he liked, while mom and I cried throughout the store attempting to shop. Sensing our despair it must have stressed out my toddler because she started acting very hyper and then started throwing fits in the store. We were already a basket case so this just done me in. Having all I could take, we rushed out the door ( my little girl was going to be in trouble when we got out to the car). In our frustrated moment, we headed out without even telling my brother we were leaving.
A moment after reaching the car ( while I was preparing to scold my daughter for being so naughty), an elderly man in overalls came running over to us with a great big smile kindly greeting us.
He started passing out Carefree bubble gum, he asked, " Can the little girl have one, their sugar free Mom?"
Smiling back now I said," Of course, thank you." My daughter calmed down and was happy too as well as my mom. After chatting with the tot awhile he looked over seriously at me and my mom with a gentle compassionate look on his face and begin to tell us how he understood how it was with us women crying after funerals and he begin to say quick, yet encouraging statements. Before we knew we were all calm and care free like the bubble gum we were chewing, completely shocked that this man seemed to know what we were going through after our loss.
As he begin to leave, he turned around and said, " By the way I told your son you were out at the car and gave him a piece of gum too." He smiled and was gone so fast we didn't see where he went.
Moments later--we were discussing what was just happened with my little brother; who soon joined us. We were stunned when we realized that it seemed almost impossible he could have been there talking to my brother in the store and following us out, when our decision to leave was so hasty; plus he came from the opposite direction of the parking lot. My brother told us his account and it matched the old mans. We couldn't hardly fathom how much he seemed to know about our situation. We then asked ourselves, " Was that little old man in overalls an angel unaware?"
Logic can try to reason away possibilities, but I believe he was our angel in overalls, Care Free bubble gum and all.