For some reason unknown to me, a memory from a long time ago popped into my head tonight, one that made me wonder if the people involved may have been angels. I'd love to hear any stories that anyone has of something similar happening to them?
Here's what happened to me:
Nearly 20 years ago, I met up with extended family in Vegas for my brother's wedding. At the time, I was literally in hiding from my ex - an abusive individual who wanted to harm my child. My oldest brother was getting married, and since all of my siblings lived far away from each other at the time, he and his wife-to-be chose Vegas as a location so that it would be easier for everyone to attend the ceremony.
The day before the ceremony, we were all together at a buffet somewhere for breakfast. That period of time happened to be a very difficult time in the lives of many family members...as I said, I was in hiding. My other brother and his wife were just barely beginning to recover from an extended period of addiction to a very serious drug, and my Dad (bless his heart) was going through a really terrible relapse into alcoholism (he had been sober for several years before that).
So, here we are, at this buffet for breakfast...we must have been a sight, honestly. My Dad was probably not walking very straight, my brother and his wife looked like they'd been being starved for months (due to their drug addiction they had dwindled down to skin and bones), and I was always looking over my shoulder just because of my circumstances at the time. In addition, we have an interracial marriage in the family, and finally, my cousin who is honestly indescribable but I'm sure anyone who has ever experienced her has never forgotten her - so you know, we're seriously just a hodge-podge of people, lol...probably similar to many families around the world, but on that morning nearly 2 decades ago, in that hotel restaurant in Vegas...I'm pretty sure we stuck out like a sore thumb.
I wasn't thinking that at the time, of course. I was just happy to be with the people I love most in this world...thankful that my brother and his wife were getting healthier with each passing day...happy to see my Dad because I'd had to leave our hometown to get away from my ex and hadn't been able to spend any time with my Dad in several months...happy for my other brother and his fiance...thrilled to see all of my nieces/nephews, etc.
And for a moment, it seemed like I was suddenly completely outside the gathering. Everyone seemed to be moving around and I was just sitting still off to one side with my oldest child who was only a toddler at the time...what happened next seemed to happen in slow motion...it seemed like time actually slowed down.. and it was very surreal. An elderly woman and an elderly man appeared in front of me out of nowhere. They may have been sitting near us or something but I didn't remember seeing them. They had the sweetest expressions on their faces - the woman, in particular. She looked down at me with such love and tenderness in her eyes, and a beautiful warm smile on her face. She looked at me like she loved me...like she KNEW me, and loved me. And she said so tenderly, "You have a beautiful family".
I was so taken aback...in a good way. I remember choking out the words, "Thank you", glancing towards my family, looking back to where the man and woman had just been standing, but they were gone.
I knew something very strange had just occurred. In the near 20 year since that happened, I've been in restaurants many many times with my family members (although, that was the last time I was ever with all of them at once like that...my Dad passed away, and some of my extended family has "fractured" since then), and there have been many times in restaurants when people have stopped to compliment my childrens' good behavior, etc..I'm sure I have forgotten most of those instances. But I have never, ever forgotten that woman, or the look in her eyes, or the deep sincerity in her words. And I've ALWAYS wondered, if they were angels. I'll be excited to get to Heaven and finally find out who they were!