Monday, January 25, 2010
Do Children Really Have Guardian Angels?
Marie watched her five-year-old daughter as she flew high in the air, feet pumping to get more leverage from the rope swing that was tied securely on the big old oak tree limb at the back of the yard. "Don't go so high, Carol!" she called out. Carol laughed happily and said, "It’s okay, Mommy. The big man is pushing me. He won't let me fall!"
"Well, tell him to slow down!" her mother responded, laughing. Her daughter's imaginary friend was always taking care of her, it seemed. She watched as Carol stopped pumping and gradually slowed down to a safe swinging speed. In a few minutes Carol stopped and jumped off the swing's seat. "Now, that was fun!" she exclaimed, turning around to look up at the invisible person behind the swing, bobbing her head to emphasize her words. Marie shook her head and went back into the house. She could tell it would be a day of imagination for Carol.
Years later as Carol recalled the incident she said, "I remember talking to my invisible friend a lot when I was a child. I would sit on that swing and he would push me."
"Did he really push you?" I asked her.
Carol laughed. "Well, something pushed me! I could feel the swing being pushed. I would sing and swing and I would hear him singing with me. I felt so safe. Somehow, I was aware that I was the only person who could see him. Mom never discouraged me but she laughed at me a lot and shook her head in disbelief. Then, one day, he was gone. I guess I grew up."
Today, Carol believes the "big man" was her guardian angel.
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