Traveling First Class with an Angelic Companion
Her suave and handsome seatmate made a seven-year-old's journey a heavenly one.
The train’s stack spewed a steady stream of black smoke as we moved across the country. We traveled west, the scenery slowly changing from flat, gold and green fields to red-toned deserts and plateaus with pine-dotted mountains in the distance.
“We’re in Arizona now,” Michael said one morning. “We should get off the train and go exploring.” After breakfast Michael held my hand as we walked off the train. On the station platform, I saw a group of Native Americans selling baskets, pottery and jewelry on blankets.
“Do you want anything?” Michael asked. I hesitated. “I’ll help you pick it out,” he said.
I examined the objects for sale in front of me. My eyes fell on a small bracelet. It was turquoise, with silver wings spreading out from it. “It’s an angel!” I said. Next thing I knew, it was on my wrist. Now I had two guardian angels on my journey.
After three days we pulled into the Los Angeles station. Michael carried my suitcase off of the train. My aunt and uncle rushed toward me with outstretched arms. My uncle pulled a bill out of his pocket and looked for the conductor.
“I want to give him a tip for taking such good care of you,” he said.
“The conductor didn’t take care of me!” I shouted. “Michael did!”
Michael doffed his fedora at my aunt and uncle, handed me my suitcase and shot me a wink. Then he turned and disappeared into the crowd. In a moment he was gone.
“He stayed with me the whole time,” I told my relatives. “He even bought me a present! An angel! Look!” I raised my arm to show them the bracelet.
“Why, I think that’s a thunderbird,” my aunt said. My uncle leaned in for a closer look. “It’s the Indian sign of a good protector!”
And for the whole trip, that’s what I had: an angel guarding me. One that liked to travel first class.
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