Angel in Disguise

Angel in Disguise

Life changing moments can happen anywhere...

To keep it short and simple, life has been throwing everything it's got at me. It has been a tough few months but I have been hanging in there with the faith that it has to get better and it will.

It was a normal Saturday in late March and I was coming back from a doctor's appointment. On the way back my mother suggested that we stop at Trader Joes to do a little grocery shopping. I let out a groan as all I wanted to do was curl up in my bed and worry about everything going wrong in my life. Dramatic? I know. My mother pulled up to a parking spot and we got out and walked into the store. Keep in mind, it was Saturday. There were families and little kids everywhere, carts bumping into each other, and a giant crowd of people hovering over the one food sample station in the corner of the store. I just wanted to leave.

As I looked over at the food sample station, I saw my father waiting for the piece of bagel and cream cheese that the employee was giving to everyone. A smile escaped my mouth and I proceeded over to my father. By the time I got there, the crowd had cleared up and the samples were over. The employee looked at me and said "honey would you like a piece?" I nodded and she asked me to wait. When I looked back, my father was with my mother and they were looking at the avocados. I decided to just stay there by myself and wait for my sample.

I was just looking around, my hands in my jacket, the jacket that looked like it was eating me just waiting for my little piece of bagel that I was regretting now.

"So what does today have in store for you today"? said the employee.

"Um, I am on spring break right now". I said quickly with a half smile.

After a small exchange of what college I was attending and what I was studying, she began asking me how I was doing. It was the big question. The one where you take a few seconds to reflect and then end up questioning yourself, "so how am I actually doing"?

I was a little surprised, considering the fact that I had met this woman not even five minutes ago but for some reason, she seemed genuine. She was actually asking me. I do not know if I gave of a sad and exhausted vibe, because that is definitely how I had been feeling dealing with the medical and personal issues that have recently come into my life.

I kept it simple and just said that I was okay, and briefly mentioned that some things have been tough such as friends/relationships, academics, and managing emotions but that I was going to be okay.

Then came some of the best advice that a stranger has ever given me.

"Friends come and go, that is how it works. The right people will always find their way to you. You just have to keep smiling, because you have a beautiful smiled.

I smiled and she handed me a piece of the bagel, I thanked her and left.

All this happened at a Trader Joes. In the least expected of places, someone I did not even know helped me feel better about myself and the situations I was dealing with.

She truly was an angel is disguise because she said the things that I needed to hear.

Sometimes, messages come to us in the weirdest ways. I was forced to go to Trader Joes with my mom that day and ended up coming out with a smile because someone I did not even know managed to make me feel the slightest bit happy.

I realized that nothing is more powerful than a smile. Everyone always tells me that I need to smile more and I never understood it until now.

A smile can go a long way and bring you closer to feeling happy and at peace.

It is crazy to think that you never know when something like this can happen which also taught me to never escape anything in life just because I am feeling a certain way.

You never know where your next message is waiting for you...

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"What would I do without you guys???"

1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."


12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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4 Things My Brother Taught me Before he turned 4

4 of many lessons my beloved sibling has brought to my attention in the last four years


On July 19, my sweet baby brother is turning four years old. And while to many that doesn't sound like a milestone or a big deal, it is. My sibling and I had a love-hate relationship from the start, as anyone would expect from an only child for 15 glorious years. That love-hate relationship quickly turned into all love, laughter and life lessons.

1. Have Fun

Quite obviously shown above in the photo, my baby brother and I have fun with each other all the time. He may just be my best friend, with his comforting words when he knows I'm sad- or just stubbed my toe- or his tickles that make me giggle like no other. I can always count on my best friend to make me laugh and have fun with me.

2. Manners Manners Manners

Having a younger sibling that follows you around and acts like a mocking bird, helps you to quickly reevaluate your actions and sayings. Having my brother, Brody, around helped me to freshen up on my mannerisms. I would frankly be embarrassed if we were to go out and he didn't say thank you or please when necessary. My father, however, took manners to the next level, the boyfriend material level... all before the age of four. When I venture out of our home with Brody or our dad and Brody, Brody always holds the door for me and anyone else coming up. There is something to be said for a child with manners.

3. Patience

Young children are always a test to your patience, no matter who they may be. Little brothers especially have a way to make sure they get on their sisters nerves. And although he may( definitely does) get on my nerves, he has taught me to take a moment and think about my own feelings and how easily or quickly I am getting annoyed and reevaluating my emotions to better myself and Brody. I have learned patience beyond my wildest dreams and hope to put them to use one day with my own curtain climbers.

4. Most Importantly... Love

Have you ever seen a child go crazy just at the fact they get to sleep in your bed. Or, when their eyes light up at the word "ice-cream" You better understand and appreciate love when you have someone there to experience everything for the first time and fall in love with every new experience all over again. Children have a great capacity to love and care for one another and my baby brother has taught me that sometimes we get what we don't think we needed and gain a lot from the experience.

To the brother I know and love, I hope your lessons to me can be a reminder or lesson to someone else. Happy fourth "Bird day!" Your sister loves you like no one else!

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