“There's only us
There's only this
Forget regret or
Life is yours to miss.”
~ from Jonathan
Larson’s RENT (natch)
yesterday evening in Dyeland City. Lady JenniAnn, clad it slightly
retro clothing (the 80s??), stalks up to Andrew’s door holding a taper
candle which she blows out before knocking…
::calling from inside:: Hold on, please. I’ll be right there. ::opens
the door and looks quizzically at JenniAnn::
::holding up snuffed candle:: Got a light?
Uh oh, I think I know where this is going…
::singing and not fantastically:: Would you light my candle?
How many times have you watched the RENT DVD, Lady? Be honest, now.
::teasingly:: You shouldn’t lie to angels, ya know.
::sighs and stuffs candle into her pocket:: None! Not one single time!
I’ve had work on Earth and Cliff and I are trying to keep up with
building demands here! And now I’m supposed to write JABB and I just
want to watch my movie! I… I wanna watch people fall in love and create
great music and sing about life and death and love and art and passion
and la vie boheme and… You wouldn’t happen to want to take over?
::pleadingly:: Just for this week? Puh-lease, Andrew!
Okay, okay. I’ll write JABB for you this week. ::grins mischievously::
How about I tell the story of the time you crashed my assignment in
::turning bright red:: Ya know, I
don’t need to watch RENT right now… Besides, we should save that story
for an, umm, special occasion.
heartily:: Agreed. But I’ll still write JABB for you. I have some
questions people sent me to answer. How about I turn those into this
::hugs him:: You’re a life saver! Or sanity saver at least! If I wasn’t
going to get to watch RENT soon here I was gonna start doing my own
one-woman production of it as I went about business here. I would, of
course, have had you distract Adam once I got to “Out Tonight.”
::winks:: Thanks again! ::hurries back to her castle humming “Today 4
that is why I, Andrew, am writing
today’s issue. Feeding one of Lady JenniAnn’s interests that doesn’t
involve me seems like a wise move. And I really do want to answer some
of the questions people sent in after the Q and A segment in JABB 178.
I hope this is okay and doesn’t make it too obvious to you why I don’t
often write these. 0;-)
Q and A with Andrew
From Angel Fan in Sedona, AZ:
Andrew, if you were not an Angel of Death, what else would you do and
why? Also, what other areas did you work in before becoming an Angel of
questions. Well, if I was still an angel but not an angel of death, I
wouldn’t mind going back to strictly case working. I really enjoyed
those years of my life, being able to get really involved with
assignments sometimes over long periods of time. I treasure my work as
angel of death but often those assignments are brief and not as
see… First, as if often the case, I was
in the choir. That was great. And good practice for my years in Adam’s,
Henry’s, and my band. Search and Rescue briefly. For a number of years,
I was also in a department that “Touched” never really got around to
discussing. It was called Inspiration and Advisement. We delivered
divine inspiration from the Father to artists, authors, people
struggling with big decisions, situations like that. A few other brief
stints. Then it was Casework followed by Angel of Death. I’ve
thoroughly enjoyed all my roles but am really happy to be where I am
now. Thanks for the questions.
From Angelboy Fan in Anchorage, Alaska:
that you've had the opportunity to work with Gloria, has she been able
to be of assistance in making you remember what it was like when you
were first created?
know, it actually has made me reflect on my early days. That sense of
wonder and amazement at everything around me… So new and scary and
wonderful at once. That’s one of the great things about friends, they
really make you look at the world in new ways or ways that once were
yours but you’ve long forgotten.
From IheartTBAA in Dyeland:
was it like working with a persistent angel like Tess?
known Tess for a long time and I was really excited when, back in the
mid-1990s, I learned I’d be working with her again. Ya know, I’ll be
honest and admit sometimes Tess’ tough love wasn’t what I wanted but
I’ll be the first to admit it’s what I needed at times. Keep the old
pride in check. 0:-) She inspired me to be the best angel I can. Tess
is a really strong, wonderful lady and I’ll always treasure our times
together. I really miss that we don’t work together as much as we used
to but I’m really grateful we still find time to meet up often on
Earth, in Heaven, or here in Dyeland.
From AOD Fan from London, England:
was it like working with Henry and Adam (and maybe all of the AODs)?
don’t want to sound like a broken record but here’s another case of
people I’m just really grateful to have in my life. I’ve known Adam for
years and he was a great support when I first became an AOD. He’s just
a genuinely supportive person and very forgiving. I wasn’t exactly at
my most noble when we met up at the Sign of the Dove. But, ya know, he
never threw my behavior back at me. He just responded with his typical
humor and friendliness. Henry’s a character, too, and a great friend.
Even if he’s taken to referring to Adam and myself as “his posse.” I
feel very blessed that I got to spend a lot of time with them because
of the band.
for the rest of the AODs, they’re a great
group and I’m proud to count myself among them. All of us see and hear
things on Earth that can be really disheartening. I think it’s a
testament to everyone’s strength and love of God and humanity that
there are so many willing and wanting to do this.
From Andrew Fan from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada):
you been able to pass on valuable information to the others (mainly
Tess, Monica, and Gloria) to use in other situations?
Well, I hope I have! They’ve certainly done so for me on numerous
occasions. I especially hope I helped Gloria in adjusting to life on
Earth. I hope, with some help from the ladies, I at least made it clear
to her that one doesn’t kiss one’s co-workers. That was quite a moment…
I hope that sharing some stories about my case-working days and the
emotions I felt during cases has helped Monica. She’s certainly done
very well and if anything I said helped her to where she is then I’m
very glad for that. As for Tess… I would hope some where in our long
history I’d passed something valuable on to her. If for no other reason
than as payback for all her words of wisdom to me.
From Ange de Lumiere in Paris, France:
you have any regrets?
I just want to say j’aime Paris! La ville est merveilleuse.
regrets… That’s a profound question. Certainly there are things I wish
hadn’t happened as they did. Even things I wish I’d done differently or
things I wish I had or had not said. But, ya know, whenever I find
myself dwelling too much on that line of thinking, I remember times
like when I got promoted to AOD. Becoming an AOD was a wonderful
turning point in my life but one that followed my failing an
assignment. I think that sort of thing is true in life. Bad things,
even things we regret, are what make us who we are. I think it’s much
more important to focus on what we can do to better our lives and those
around us right now.
that’s all I
have for now. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions. JenniAnn, hope
you’re enjoying RENT. If anyone has other questions I have a feeling I
may get talked into writing JABB again and I’d rather do something like
this than have to write a top ten about myself. That makes me feel
awkward. So if you’d like to send a question please send one to email@example.com.
Until next time…
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