An angel called Frankie

Today I would love to tell you about Frankie, my very own angel. Telling this story comes because of this post I read . Okay… here goes:

Long long ago, there was this… Oops, this is not a fable or fiction, but a true story.

In the 1990’s we lived in Welkom in the very flat province of the Orange Free State in South Africa, we now live in the very full of mountains Eastern Cape province of South Africa. I used to go and get my bread and milk and such at a tiny shopping center close to where we lived. There Frankie did his job. Some… ok most people would call him a beggar, but I did not see him as a beggar.

He always showed me an available place to park when he saw me coming and would stop the traffic for me to reverse and be on my way. When I came out of the shop, he carried my bags for me to my car. Now this relationship did not start up easily, because so many beggars took me for a ride because many times if I bought them bread they just dump it in the bin or disappear into the Bottle store, in front of me, some of them damage your car or threaten to kill you if you refuse to give them something. So I don’t like beggars and I don’t carry cash with me anyway.

Now Frankie was not remotely anything like that. He had lovely manners and somehow always were neat and clean even though he wore rags. Later on we started making small talk, mostly about Jesus, but later about where he lives and his girlfriend… Yes Frankie had a girlfriend and all sorts of stuff. One day I started to pull away after still chatting with Frankie through an open window, when all of a sudden he put his hand through the window… I had the fright of my life, but he only locked my door.”Madam, always remember to lock your doors and keep them locked, I want you to be safe.” Such a sweetheart.

He kept on telling me to lock my door and if I don’t remember, he will lock it for me through the window. It later on became a well remembered habit of mine to lock my car doors.I will always give him money and much more than my husband most probably knew, but I knew it was an income for him. I suspect my husband and kids also gave Frankie money while I wasn’t looking. So Frankie became part of our lives.

One time Frankie was absent and we could not find him just before the store closed that night, so we asked the owner, who by the way also always gave Frankie a little job here and there, like sweeping the pavement for money. He then told us Frankie lost the place where he lived and were sleeping behind the shop under some boxes… he never told me about it and still was just his cheery self. So we went to fetch him, dirty and hungry and took him home. We gave him a bath, something to eat and made a bed for him in the lounge. The next day we took him back and later that day after going back to ask if he was ok, he assured us he found a new home. Frankie wasn’t very clever and I know there was something medically wrong with him.

One day I stopped at a stop street right across from the Court. All of a sudden I felt someone pulling at my back door trying to get into my car. I was so afraid, but because of Frankie, my doors were locked. Strangely the two perpetrators all of a sudden just stood back with a look of horror on there faces. They then quickly turned around and ran away. When I looked in the back of my car, I saw two angels. There was no other person with me that day. This is an experience I will never forget. God’s angels always protects us, being it heavenly angels or angels in the form of our dear Frankie.

Now that is the story of our Frankie. Sometimes we would still wonder if he is ok or not or even still alive. We loved our Frankie.

I would love to hear if you have similar experiences. Just post a comment with a link to your blog, so that I can share in your experience.

Much love and kindness.



A fairy tale

One night at a youth gathering a beautiful young lady saw a lonely knight playing piano by himself on the stage. By some instinct or what was to be, she climbed up the stairs, joining him and just listened. Hi, I am Elmarie and you? See, she knew he was a Knight of the highest order by heart, but he only replied: “Andries”

Then the proceedings started, every now and then she caught his eyes on her. A warm feeling came over her heart. That was the start of a wonderful friendship. Now this Knight was ten years older than the lady, but it mattered not at that time. After a year of friendship the two decided to be boyfriend and girlfriend in those days. He was always on time and had excellent manners. One night he phoned and said that he will be late. About 3 minutes later he was at the door. Quite tipsy from a party at work and in his hands a bunch of roses with only a petal here and there, he most definitely borrowed it from some mystical garden along the way. He was so sorry being 3 minutes late, but the lady will never forget sweet gesture.

Two years later, the Knight and the Ladies father decided that it is time that they get married. But oh no, the Lady in the meantime decided that is not going to work. See, who wants to marry an “old man” Dropped him on shot, broke his heart and next day moved to another city. Never spoke to him again for five years.

After five long years, Lady Elmarie’s father came to fetch her from the city for a visit, he was driving in another vehicle in front. A vehicle came from no where and sent the vehicle spinning through the air. He were still alive, but I don’t want to go into details here. About a week later the Ladies mother phoned her and told her she came across the Knight Andries, visiting a friend in hospital.

Well she there and then decided to phone the Knight. When he answered and heard it is she speaking, he asked quite rudely: “What do you want?” Well in the first place she apologized and asked if there was any chance to be friends. He told her he will think about it. Being a creature of great thought, he phoned back two weeks later. Well the deal was that there can only be a friendship, as he has a girlfriend. Agreed, said Lady Elmarie.

A week later Elmarie’s father passed away and was buried on Andries’s birthday 8 December 1988. They were friends again by then and it only took him one week to tell the current girlfriend that he is going back to his first love. (A whole week shorter than it took him to phone the lady back lol) The Lady and Knight were in love again… or maybe just re discovered it or most likely it never went away. See true love have a way of staying.

January 1989 the Knight took the Lady for dinner. They just sat down and without further ado, the Knight took the Ladies hand and told her that he decided that they are getting engaged on Valentines day and married on 30 September 1989. Absolutely taken by surprise, she asked him if he isn’t going to ask her if she wants to marry him. His answer was short and sweet:”You had your chance” When the family were told about it, they decided that the Knight and Lady should get married on 8 July 1989, just for in case the Lady decided to play the “run away bride”.

Now looking back over 37 years of knowing each other and 30 years being married in which were born the 2 most awesome two princesses. There has never been any regret. Friendship and love bound us together stronger each day. In bad times we stood together to face the bad times, always.

It is so heart warming to still sometimes find his eyes on me and when I ask what he thinks…. “After all these years you are still the most beautiful woman in the world.” his answer will be. Someone once said he is the calm pool under me, the busy steam buzzing about. He has always been there for me and we for each other. A greater love… I doubt I will ever find.

How did you meet your loved one? Please share it.

Much love and kindness

Saro (Elmarie)