The Blog Angel
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20-year-old Mila Murphy was a blogger who had dreamed for years of turning her blogging passion into her profession. She carried her cell phone with her everywhere she went, and she kept it charged and turned on. She hoped that she might get a call from a newspaper editor who wanted her to be a guest columnist while the newspaper's regular columnist was away on vacation. So far, that had not happened, but she hoped and prayed every night that one day, maybe it would.

She sat down in front of her Acer laptop one Monday afternoon, excited. She currently had 660 people following her on Twitter and had had 324,574 views of the articles and stories on her blog. She was eager to reach 1000 Twitter followers and 500,000 views of the items on her blog, and she wondered what would happen when she did. Would she suddenly be very busy giving lectures at high schools and colleges? She thought of the Speech 1010 class she had taken when she was a freshman at Northwestern State University and cringed. She would have to get much better at speaking in front of a group, rather than giving in to her introversion and racing through her lecture in five minutes or less so that she could hurry back to her seat and let somebody else have the spotlight. Maybe she would be asked to write a book and then, after completing it, she would get to do a book signing at a major bookstore, where she could savor the aroma of coffee and meet her fans, some of whom might even be famous. She shook her head to shake herself out of her daydream and glanced at the clock on the wall. It was 3:30 p.m. "The mail should be here by now," she said to herself. She stood up from the couch, stepped away from her computer, and went outside to get the mail.

When she opened the mailbox, she discovered that it contained just one item: a small pink envelope. She noticed that it was unmarked. There was no postmark on it, no stamp, and no addresses in their usual places. She was instantly curious. What was this, anyway? An invitation to a Mary Kay party? A neighbor pulling a prank? She had to know. She went inside her house with the mysterious envelope, set it on her computer keyboard, went to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, and then returned to the living room, where she carefully set the steaming beverage on the coffee table in front of her, sat down at her computer, and finally opened her mail.

Inside the envelope, she found a matching pink card that, like the envelope, also had no writing on its front. Inside, however, she found a neatly printed message that read, "I love your work. Please keep writing. Sincerely, The Blog Angel". She also found a $10.00 bill. She was thrilled that she had finally made some money from her writing. She was also curious. Who could the mysterious Blog Angel be?

She decided to take her writing outside to her front porch that day. It was a pretty day, after all, and it would be terrible to waste it by staying inside. She grabbed a TV tray, a folding chair, a spiral notebook, and a pen and then got set up to work outside. She opened up the tray and folding chair, set the notebook and pen on the tray, went inside to get her coffee, came back outside with the steaming beverage, carefully sat down with it and set it on the tray, and then finally began writing. From her porch, she could watch the neighborhood and maybe figure out who her angel was. She had an idea for a story, and she was eager to get the story written and submitted so that she could get closer to her goal. She took a sip of coffee, picked up her pen, opened her notebook, and finally got busy.

Most of the time, her head was down. She was focusing on her work, after all. She needed life-like characters and realistic dialogue. She wanted her finished product to be a story that readers would want to read again and again. She also hoped that the story might draw new readers to her blog.

Though she was very involved with her story, she did manage to look up from her notebook every once in a while. When she did, she saw nothing out of the ordinary. Her neighbors across the street got in their cars, backed out of their driveways, and went to work, just like they did every day at about this time, and her next-door neighbor went for a run. Mila, who wanted to be like her friends, many of whom worked from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, decided to impose a 5:00 p.m. deadline on herself. She would get her story finished and submitted by 5:00, and then she would catch "The 5:00 Disk Drive", a radio show that she listened to every day. The show, combined with a run, would be a good way to end the day.

That night, she finished reading James Patterson's Run for Your Life and then decided to go to bed early. It was only 10:00 p.m., but she thought that if she were rested, she would have the energy and clear thinking that her writing required. She turned off the light, climbed into bed, pulled her leopard print sleep mask down over her eyes, and drifted off to sleep.

Later, only about an hour after she had gone to bed, she was awakened by a bright light that penetrated her mask. That never happened. The only thing she saw when she had her mask over her eyes was darkness. Noise, such as her cell phone's alarm, was what usually woke her up. What was this? She cautiously slid the mask up to her forehead. What she saw next first made her panic and then made her feel calm. Standing there in her room was an angel. She was petite, like Mila, and she had wings, a halo, long brown hair, and a long white gown.

"It's O.K.," the angel said. "I won't hurt you. My name is Angelica, and I am the Blog Angel," she said. "We both need our beauty sleep, but I wanted to let you see that I am real. I read your story, and I wanted to give you this," Angelica said, handing Mila a long, white, business-sized envelope. Mila opened it and discovered a $10.00 bill inside.

"Wow. Thank you," Mila said.

"You're welcome," Angelica said. "It's getting late. I'd better go. Good luck with your blog." Then, just as fast as Angelica had arrived, she was gone.

Mila had made $20.00 from her blog in a single day, and the money had come from a supernatural being that only she had seen. She was excited about the money, and she wanted to share her news and her experience with everyone she knew. Then she started considering everyone's likely reactions.

Her family was Catholic. They had never seen angels, but they believed that they existed. They would be concerned, but they would also be happy. Her neighbors would think that she was nuts, and her friends would think that she had been working too hard and needed a road trip to the city for a day of fun.

Then she realized that life was too short to worry about what people thought. Instead of worrying, she decided to stay excited, happy, and hopeful--excited about earning money, happy that she was making money by doing what she loved, and hopeful about seeing her new friend Angelica again very soon.


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