|“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What
is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain
falling on the sunshine...”
~~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Wow. Feels like forever since I wrote one of
these! I guess it has been a month since the
Valentine's one was written in advance. Anyway, I'm
getting a jump on my spring cleaning and working on a
story so this is just bits of randomness. I hope you
Advice from the Angel of Angels
Dear Angel of Angels,
How's an angel supposed to know if they're maturing
properly? I guess what I really mean is... how would
an angel know if she was immature? Some days I feel
really mature but then something will come up and I won't
know how to react and I just want someone to hug me and tell
me everything's going to be all right. Am I okay?
Violeta (because I'm sure you'd know it was me even if I
signed with an alias)
Let me start with some questions for you:
Have either Joshua or the Father said anything to you
suggesting that they wish you were more mature?
You didn't mention this so I'm going to assume no.
Do you have people, human or angel, in your life who can
hug you and tell you everything's all right?
I know this answer and you do, too. I also know that
God put those people into your life for a reason.
Now for my answer: yes, you are okay. You are more
than okay. You are exactly the angel God wants you
to be right now. You'll be more mature in five, ten,
a hundred, a thousand years. But the blessing is you
have all those years to get there. Right now, you're
a teenager. I believe that feeling mature one day
and not on another is par for the course.
Soothingly (I hope),
The Angel of Angels
Dear Angel of Angels,
So... next month will be the sixteenth anniversary of
when JenniAnn and I met. Do you have any gift
ideas? I'm considering some goats but does the
livestock thing get weird at some point?
Stick with the goats. Yes, it's very
weird. But it seems to suit you two. You
have to get at least four, though. Goats are
herd animals, after all. No one wants a
depressed, lonely goat.
Have fun with that!
The Angel of Angels
PS- I think you need to consider expanding the stable
and making it storm-proof. That is unless you
truly intend to continue leading your growing
menagerie into your old basement... Perhaps Noah
could offer more sage words on this topic.
Dear Angel of
I have two married friends who I care about very,
very much. They'd love to have kids and, as
far as I know, have been trying since they got
married at the end of last June. So far, no
pregnancy. It's only been eight months and
I've read that a couple's not supposed to get too
concerned until it's been a year. However, I
think they're already there. We have at least
a couple pairs of friends who got pregnant on their
honeymoons so that might be adding to their
concern. Joshua hasn't said anything about
this so I'm assuming everything's fine, it'll just
happen in his time. My question is how do I
show my concern without butting into what's one of
the few things in life the three of us don't share?
I think you simply ask how they're feeling and let
them know that you're always there with a
sensitive, calm, listening ear. Two
even! I wouldn't worry too much about
violating their privacy. I know you'd never
ask anything too probing and while you're right
that they share something between the two of them
that you do not, it's also true that they invited
you on their honeymoon. You aren't a player
in their romance but you're definitely part of
it. And, of course, let them know you're
praying for them. I will be, too.
The Angel of Angels
Question: Inquiring minds want to know... how will you
be spending your extra day?
Answer: Extra day? Oh right! Leap
Day. Well, I could always have assignments.
If I do, obviously those take precedent. But if I
have a day to myself, maybe I'll tag along with Belle
and JenniAnn when they go to the Tunnels for
classes. Then just seeing what needs doing, I
guess. Might stock up on fishing equipment.
It'll be time for that again soon. I can't wait to
take Belle and her cousins out!
Question: Spring's just around the
corner! What's your favorite part of the Spring?
Answer: There's too much to
pick just one thing! Easter... what it means, of
course, but now also seeing Belle in her little Easter
dress. I'm gonna love watching how much fun
she'll have hunting for eggs... and how much fun the
older kids will have hiding those eggs. And
everything turning green! The birds and
butterflies coming back. Being able to cookout
and have picnics. Least favorite part?
Question: If God said you could have a year off to take
any job you wanted besides being an angel or carpenter,
what would you pick?
Answer: College professor so I could embarrass Ivy and
Violeta. 0:-) But I'm very happy
with the jobs I do have.
Question: What's the biggest difference between working
assignments only with other angels versus working them
with a team of humans and angels?
Answer: It depends on the
assignment. I never worried about Monica or Tess
or Gloria getting killed. But, unfortunately,
that was a fear I struggled with back when we had our
assignment with Raquel and again in West Hollow.
Of course, I didn't have that worry while assigned to
Cora or Chava. Beyond that... I think you chose
the right words when you said "a team of humans and
angels." As much as I loved working with Monica,
Tess, and Gloria; that often meant dividing up
roles. We might not see each other much at all
even when we shared assignments. Compare that to
when we met all the St. G's folks. Adam had his
job and Monica had hers and Gloria hers and Tess hers
but we all had that stage time together which also
brought all the humans in. I love that.
I think I'll end this Q and A here because something
just crashed in Belle's nursery. Oh. Just
blocks. Still... she's getting restless.
Feel free to send more questions my way! Love,
newsletter is dedicated to John Dye for inspiring JABB
in the first place. Writing this gave me an
excuse to stop cleaning for a bit. :-)
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