“CHARLIE THE ANGEL” AN ANSWER TO A PRAYER IN THE FORM OF A MIRACLE

THIS STORY IS TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT A TRUE MIRACLE, THE ODDS OF THE EVENTS BEING COINCIDENCES IS LIKE WINNING TEN NATIONAL LOTTERIES IN A ROW.  ACTUALLY “CHARLIE THE ANGEL” BROUGHT MORE HAPPINESS THAN WINNING THOSE NATIONAL LOTTERIES COULD BRING - AN ANSWER TO AN ONGOING PRAYER OVER MANY YEARS.  I AM SURE NO ONE COULD COMPUTE THE ODDS OF THESE EVENTS.  THIS STORY IS CLOSELY LINKED WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD.

Another “Once upon a time” story:  Once upon a time a very thin (skinny) shy little boy moved from back east with his family to a small town in Montana.  Because he was shy and skinny he did not make friends very well through the school year but in the spring he wanted to play baseball and hopefully make friends.  Well now, he was not only shy and skinny but he was uncoordinated and could not even catch an easy fly ball and none of the “guys” wanted him on their team.  He did finally end up on a team; but was put in left field with the hope that no balls would be hit in his direction.

The shy skinny uncoordinated boy wanted to pitch but was quickly made fun of when he tried to do so.  The little boy started to find balls out in the grass and got balls that were being discarded and had a bucket overflowing with little beat up baseballs.  He lived on the edge of town and his family had an old barn and an outhouse; he built a little strike zone on the side of the old barn and measured off the distance to the mound and with buckets of dirt built a little pitcher’s mound.  So every day he would throw that bucket of balls at that little strike zone and it was real hard to hit; but he would go retrieve the balls and try again, retrieve and try again – his thin little fingers would get pretty sore.  As weeks went by it seemed like the strike zone got bigger and bigger and he would raise his long thin “grass hopper” leg up and zip the ball into strike zone at will.  He really wanted to be able to pitch in a real game, but the “guys” had already given him a chance at the beginning of the season and he failed and they wanted to win so “no” was the answer.

But one game they were losing badly and no one could get the ball across the plate – they had run out of pitchers.  So someone said why not let the new kid try.  So the shy little boy had his chance, his scrawny leg went up in the air and with a graceful motion put in squarely in the little catcher mitt and it came in so fast it totally shocked the little catcher.  Strike 1-2-3 you’re out, next batter took 4 pitches, third batter 4 or 5 pitches; they went on to win the game.  Now the shy little scrawny kid was one of the “guys.”

The scrawny little shy kid grew up to be a scrawny tall kid and because the coach considered him the most valuable ballplayer he gave him the position of assistant and grounds keeper. 

SO WHO IS “CHARLIE THE ANGEL” AND HOW DOES THIS ALL FIT TOGETHER – WHAT ANGELI C ACT DID CHARLIE PERFORM?

Well, after a series of little league games the tall skinny kid was walking through Central Park and a little small boy by the name of Charlie was slowly walking ahead of him and was limping badly.  Charlie was very small and he was from one of the poorest families in town and his parents had drinking problems; the knees in his pants were out his hair had not been combed in a long time and his face was innocent and dirty.  When the tall kid caught up to Charlie he asked; what happened Charlie why are you limping did you get hurt in the game today (the “guys” had Charlie out in left field similar to the shy scrawny little kid above.)  In answer Charlie looked up and with the most innocent look and said no he hadn’t been hurt he just had a rock in his shoe.  So the tall kid asked, “why don’t you take the rock out Charlie?”  Again Charlie looked up innocently (he looked maybe a bit like an angel) and said, “I will when I get home;” Charlie lived over a mile away.

Of course I am talking about myself above;  in THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD page I describe  and we went on informal dates prior to our family moving to Michigan to take care of my ill elderly Grandfather.  We did correspond with letters for a while but eventually stopped.   I did tell all my friends in my new little town in Michigan about the beautiful girl I was totally in love with in Montana.

A lot happened, a basketball scholarship, joined the Air Force and went to basic training in San Antonio; from there I was going to technical training in Mississippi after going back to Michigan to visit parents and friends. 

I got on the bus in San Antonio heading for Michigan and a small young guy got on the bus who looked familiar; I thought, “is that little Charlie from Sidney?”  I went back and asked him if he was from Sidney; he said yes and how did I know.  I explained who I was and I asked him what he had been doing these last few years.  He told me; “when I was 14 the circus came to town and I left with the circus”.  I knew Charlie did not have a lot of options and maybe this was his best one.  He continued in very colorful language that he had worked his butt off for his boss and the boss had betrayed him and he told the &%#@ boss to stuff it and was going back to Sidney.  We talked a bit more and I went back to my seat and the next stop or the one after a lady stuck her head in the door of the bus and asked if there was a Charlie Small on the bus that he had a phone call. 

Charlie got off and took the call and when he got back on I asked him what was that about; he said it was his boss and he wanted him to come back.  I asked him, are you going to go back?  He said no that he had spent all his money on his ticket to Sidney.  I again went back to my seat and thought for a minute and then went back to him and told him, “Charlie I will buy your ticket to Sidney so you can go back to your job.”  Six months later Judy and I were married - travelled the world together and later did something for our beautiful eastern Montana and developed a wonderful community that we named after our daughter we lost in Japan and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  A truly beautiful community with beautiful people – St Marie!

It was shut down by a black cloud; the so called leadership of Valley County – 20 years later the black cloud remains.

 A NOTE:  The scrawny little boy was an outstanding high school player and was asked to try out for the Detroit Tigers, he later pitched against Japanese Semi Pro teams for the Air Force while stationed in Japan.

OK, was Charlie an angel?  Was it an answer to a boy’s prayers? 

Let’s look at what had to happen for the above to happen.

1.  THE ROCK IN HIS LITTLE SHOE:  First the question of the rock; if Charlie had not had the rock in his shoe and did not take it out I would not have remembered him.

2.  THE CIRCUS:  The circus had to come to town and the circus people had to let him join the circus at the age of 14.

3.  ARGUMENT WITH BOSS:  Charlie had to quit his job and buy that ticket the day I was leaving.

4.  BUS DEPARTURE TIME:  It had to be that bus and that time; many buses left that day.

5.  BOSS HAD TO CALL AT THAT TIME:  The boss had to have done a lot of work to get the bus schedule and get them to get the call to Charlie.

6.  RECOGNIZE CHARLIE:  I had not seen him in many years.

7.  CHARLIE WANTED TO GO BACK:

God uses all his resources to answer prayers; so say your prayers with sincerity, humble trust, and good living.  I am so thankful for “Charlie the Angel.”  I love you Charlie Small!

Charlie The Angel