No Parking At The End Times
Abigail, her twin brother, Aaron, and their parents are barely
surviving in their van in San Francisco. They not so long ago had
been a regular family living in a house in North Carolina. Then a
charasmatic preacher, Brother John, had convinced her father that the
end times were at hand and his family was among the chosen who would
rise on up to heaven while the rest of humanity was left behind to
face earthly torment and eternal perdition. They sold their house and
possessions and drove several thousand miles to be at the right place
at the right time.
Well you know how it is with all the rapture predictions to
date. No shows.
The annointed time has passed. Instead of leaving Brother John,
however, the parents are sticking around, sure that God will come for
them if they keep on believing. In the meantime they're all living in
the van, barely surviving on what they receive from churches and soup
kitchens. No matter how needy they are, though, when they get any
money they hand it over to their self proclaimed prophet.
Aaron has given up on their mother and father. In his mind they
have become grossly negligent in the parenting department. He tries
to convince Abigail they're never going to change. It's up to the two
siblings to save themselves. He's going to find a way to get back to
normal life. There's no way he is going to leave his sister with
people he thinks have lost their minds.
For Abigail sleeping in a van and surviving on the slim pickings
of charity have gotten old fast. She dreams of taking a shower. She
has become quite disillusioned with Brother John and his preaching.
But what if it's the only way to keep her family from breaking
On a personal note, the daffodils in my front yard are magnificent.
Each evening I take an outdoor chair from a shed and read where I can
see them dancing in the breeze. The same breeze coaxes beautiful
music from my wind chimes. Life for those precious times feels
enchanted and magical.
A great big shout out goes out to the many kids and teens who suffer
from less than responsible decisions on the part of their parents and
those who try to help them.
Julia Emily Hathaway
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