It becomes clearer and clearer to me that it is much more fun to tell you what happened last Saturday than what happened in my life years ago. So I'm quitting the story, Oleander Court, that someone quite different from who I am now wrote so many years ago.
The Brown Elephant is right across the street from Whole Foods on Halstead in Chicago. I would never willingly go to Whole Foods without stopping at The Brown Elephant!
One day this week -- I'm coming to Saturday -- I spotted a cabinet that would be perfect for Lauren's big closet. It looked spanking new. It was white lacquer with a thin line of gold.
Lauren hasn't had a chest of drawers in her studio apartment, and her large walk-in closet would be the perfect place for it. Without a chest of drawers, she's been using bags, albeit beautiful bags to hold small items of clothing.
She really needed this cabinet. I paid for it and said I would pick it up on Saturday when Lauren could go with me. I was sure we could manage the cabinet ourselves. Lauren has a Pontiac Vibe. With the back seat folded down, there would be room for the cabinet.
When we went to The Brown Elephant on Saturday, however, we realized that, by ourselves, even with a dolly that the apartment complex would let us use, we would be unable to lift the cabinet onto the dolly and, further, be unable to lift it off from the dolly. The cabinet was heavier than I had thought.
At this moment a man, unaffiliated with the store, appeared and asked us if we needed help. We said yes, and he gladly did all the lifting and pulling and pushing and very nicely placed the cabinet into the closet for us.
Naturally, we paid him. At this point, he told us that all morning he had been praying that someone would come and want his help and he could earn some money, and then Lauren and I appeared. When he told us this, he had tears in his eyes, and we were happy too.
That was perfect, wasn't it? When there is a need, there is always someone to fulfill it. This man had us, and we had him. This did not have to be planned ahead of time. Someone always appears. Are we somehow angels who fulfill one another?