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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Miracle on 22nd Street

Early in Spring 2008, while the snow was still on the ground, I walked to Yorktown Center, three (3) miles away from home--on 22nd Street and Convention Drive, next to the Westin Hotel in Lombard. The walk exercises me and time flies in 60 minutes, while I engage in meditation, reflection, and relaxation activity from Washington Blvd. and Westmore-Meyers Road, all the way to Highland Avenue at the mall.

White snow was still on the walking path, when I found a white plastic card, faced down along my way. I stopped to pick it up and saw an edged Christmas gift box with a big red bow, die-cut card from Target store... Someone must have dropped an antique, old Target gift card, since the store is only two blocks away--a Christmas Target Gift Card. It was my Lucky Day! Right before the nature forest preserve and the jogging path, I stopped to wonder how this happened, over the holiday and the heavy snowfall for January and February in 2008.

I continued my winter snow walk in meditation and reflection, all the way to the Target store, with the antique Christmas gift card--since I did not have any money in my pockets. A miracle happened on 22nd Street that day!

When the Target cashier checked the antique, old Christmas gift card with the scanner, it read $30 towards a Target purchase. The red gift bow on the card showed a special gift card, unlike the shiny, brand new ones at the Target store nowadays.

A Miracle on 22nd Street happened that day...

by Gardenia C. Hung, M.A., B.A.