39: Miracles Happen

39: Miracles Happen

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles and More

Miracles Happen

Miracles are instantaneous; they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them.

~Katherine Porter

I was supposed to be on vacation, but a little voice told me that I had left a chore undone at work. I couldn’t figure out what it was, and it nagged at me until I gave up and decided to check in at the office on the way to visit my mother.

I was working for a small accounting firm in a strip mall. My boss shared the space with his wife Karen’s software company, and quite often she brought their young daughter with her while she was working. Sure enough, when I pulled into the parking lot, little Lisa was sitting outside on the pavement, her hair shining in the sun, quite content with her coloring book and a box of crayons.

This was three decades ago, back when parents felt secure letting their children play alone outside. It was a different world — a safer world. But that day, something made me uneasy.

After greeting Lisa, I stepped into the bakery next door and purchased a rye bread for Mom and a brownie for myself. As an afterthought, I bought a black-and-white cookie for the child and took her inside the office with me to ask Karen if she could have it. She said yes, so the little girl sat down at one of the desks and started eating her treat.

Moments later, Karen and I heard a loud crash and the sound of glass breaking. We ran to the front window to see what had happened. A driver had lost control of his car and ran up on the sidewalk, swerving into the door of the bakery — right over the spot where Lisa had been sitting. Eyes wide, we stared at each other and then looked back at Lisa, still eating her cookie.

I never did remember what chore I had forgotten.

~Bonnie Campbell

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