One story I have shared involved a young couple who inadvertently spilled gasoline in their garage. It could have been a disaster, but the firefighters knew what to do.
A few days after she read that story, DeeDee emailed me with a story of her own. She, too, had gone to get gasoline for her lawn mower, she said, then filled several grocery bags. By the time she got home, she realized she had forgotten the filled container of gas.
“The next day I was running a little late for work,” DeeDee said, “so, I took a plastic gas tank (with a two-gallon child proof top) and put it on the garage floor on the left side.” DeeDee worked late, came in and grabbed something edible while watching the news and Jimmy Kimmel. When she turned off the TV, she realized there was a strong gasoline smell through the house.
DeeDee opened the garage and fumes filled the air. It was then that she realized that yesterday, as she backed into the garage, she had hit the filled gas can and knocked it over without noticing it as it was behind the back right side of the car. The gas had leaked out—just a gallon or so, it seemed, but the smell was so bad that she called the non-emergency police.
“Can I just leave all the windows open to air everything out?” she asked.
“Absolutely not. You have to call 911,” the dispatcher told her.” And why buy a child-proof item if you don’t plan to use it?”
“It’s too childproof,” Deedee pointed out. “I can’t turn it at all.”
But it was a slow night and soon engines and a police car were pulling onto DeeDee’s driveway. No sirens, she noticed with relief, as the five men got out and began to toss clean-up material on the floor.
“Good thing you called,” one explained. “All your garden chemicals are in a Styrofoam cooler, which has been mixing and leaking out the bottom. See? Things could have gotten very dangerous.”
“Wow!” Deedee had never felt so protected. Although her child-proof items were useless, she had learned far more that she had expected.
“And I thanked my angel profusely, for being there and for giving us firemen to call on.”
Joan’s new book Where Angels Walk is the 25th Anniversary Edition,
available now at Loyola Press. Joan Wester Anderson
has written many books on angels and miracles.
She can be reached at P.O. Box 127, Prospect Heights, IL 60070.