Averting disaster (with a little help from the angels)
I was talking on the phone this morning with someone, and she was telling me about how she locked her keys in her car yesterday. It reminded me of this incredible story that happened to me many years ago, when my little one was only a year old.
I was getting out of the car at the shopping center across the street from my apartment complex. My daughter was in her car seat in the back seat, happily playing with a little toy I had given her for the ride. Somehow (not quite sure how it happened) as I was closing my door to go and open her door to get her out, I realized the doors were locked, and my keys were in the front seat, along with my phone, purse, and AAA card. I peeked in the window and saw my daughter’s face, laughing and smiling at me looking at her through the window. She thought it was really funny. Little did she know the panic going through me at realizing I couldn’t get to her.
There’s something that happens as a mom, when you realize you are physically not able to get to your child – even if they are only a few feet away. (reminds me of another scary mom moment involving an escalator but I won’t get into that here). Obviously I knew intellectually that she wasn’t in any immediate grave danger, but that instinct kicked in regardless.
In any case, I did not want her to see the fear/panic/instinctual desperation on my face, so I began making silly faces at her and decided to make it a game.
At the same time, I took a deep breath, and literally asked the angels to help me. I had been reading Doreen Virtue’s work at the time so it was in my consciousness and thought I’d give it a whirl.
Less than 15 seconds later, a tow truck pulls up and stops right at my car. Turns out, there was a car, parked directly across from mine in the same row of the parking lot, that had a flat and had called AAA.
The driver got out and I showed him my predicament – and within 20 seconds, he had unlocked my car. MermaidGirl was only locked in there for less than 2 minutes from start to finish. I grabbed her out and held her as though she was a part of my chest – poor little one probably had to hold her breath for a minute I was squeezing her so tight. I was so grateful that all turned out well, and it was not as dramatic an event as it felt to me emotionally.
I told him that he was heaven sent – because in my heart, I know that he was. As I dug through my purse to show him my AAA card, he waved me off and said he was happy to help.
The significance of that experience for me hit me immediately – this huge southern California shopping center parking lot, had literally about 100 rows of parking. What were the chances that right next to me, someone had called for help? That tow truck could have been anywhere in that lot, and could have even driven right by me had he not already seen the other people waving him down.
I remember at the time just feeling so grateful for the help, the speed and the ease of it. I’m also grateful that I had that conversation this morning that brought it back to my consciousness – as I can’t remember a more amazing example in my life of being open to receive, and the conscious effort and the immediate manifestation.
Now if only I can manifest other things as quickly as that…. :)