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Walking In Peace
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Everyone once in a while something happens that you can not explain. Such a thing happened to me and my wife in May of last year. We were westbound on our way to my cousin's funeral when we passed a lone figure walking alongside the road. A man was also headed west and when we passed him, I got the most unusual feeling. He was not hitchhiking and paid us no attention as we drove by him. His shoulders were slightly stooped as if he was carrying a heavy burden. He was wearing a small backpack and seemed to be in no hurry. It is difficult to describe the feeling that came over me. It was like I had just been in the presence of someone very special. I asked my wife if she had felt something when she saw the man and she too had a very unusual feeling. Neither one of us could explain it. We never saw his face and decided not to turn around and go back, because we felt he was just someone from the area out walking.

We took the same route home from the funeral and came upon this same lone figure and he had not made a lot of progress. This time we met him, and as I drove past him, he looked at me and it was as if he were looking right through me. Again I asked my wife if she saw what I did and she too was quite affected by the look of the man. I turned around and drove back. Several cars went by him and he never once attempted to catch a ride. He just walked slowly down the highway. When I drove up to him and got out of the car, there was such a calmness coming from him that it totally relaxed me. I visited with him and asked if he needed some money. He did not say he did, but I gave him some anyway. I asked if he would like a candy bar and he said that he would. I gave him a Milky Way and a bottle of tea, but he said he had some water and did not take the tea.

I did not question him other then ask his name and where he was going. He said his name was Dustin and he was walking from Massachusetts to Long Beach, California. I asked if I could take his photo and he agreed. I apologized that I was not going his way and it did nott seem to bother him at all. As I look back I wish I had asked more questions and had given him a ride the first time I saw him.

There was an aurora around him that I can not explain. He never asked for anything, he was not hitchhiking and seemed to be at peace with the world. He made me feel very peaceful as well. It was one of the most calming and pleasant encounters of my life.

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::mirto56
01/24/16 5:33 PM GMT
Certainly, a most unique and interesting encounter, Tick. Thanks for sharing this special story and photo of Dustin.
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::photoeye68
01/24/16 5:51 PM GMT
A most uncommon and unique encounter indeed. Great photo and back story my friend. Thanks for sharing.
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::biffobear
01/24/16 6:01 PM GMT
Some people emanate calm and others the opposite..You met the former here...R.
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::Ramad
01/24/16 6:43 PM GMT
That is a very long walk he has undertaken. That alone shows determination and character. No wonder you and your wife were impressed by him Tick. The photo shows a calm and self assured face.
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jerseygurl
01/24/16 7:04 PM GMT
A very interesting narrative Tick - he does have a calmness about him and it comes through in your image!!!!
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::tigger3
01/24/16 8:21 PM GMT
What a wonderful story, I think there was a reason for you to encounter him Tick. I'm so glad he let you take his pic. so that you will have that to cherish for many years to come. Thanks for sharing Dustin, and his story with us. tigz=^..^=
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.GomekFlorida
01/24/16 10:06 PM GMT
He is probably a guardian angel waiting for an assignment. Glad you had this encounter.
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.Starglow
01/25/16 4:07 AM GMT
Once in awhile something comes along to give one thought doesn't it? I imagine he is someones angel. Wonderful photo and story.
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.Dunstickin
01/25/16 8:55 AM GMT
Such a very special moment in your lives old friend!...I applaud you too, because most would just drive by without a moments thought!...

It makes you wonder just 'why' he is doing this!..

A lovely story..told in a most warming way from an accomplished writer!..
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.mesmerized
01/25/16 9:17 AM GMT
Fascinating story and experience, Tick, and the suggestion of angels is altogether possible...

Hebrews 13:2 King James Version (KJV)

"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
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::corngrowth
01/25/16 9:24 AM GMT
Owd Fella Tick (OFT), this perfect B&W portrait accompanied with an excellent narrative make this to an intriguing but excellent post for the Wednesday B&W challenge. Perfectly done!
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::trixxie17
01/25/16 4:16 PM GMT
I like what you did in editing Tick - it suggests an aura around him which matches your very interesting narrative.
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.Jhihmoac
01/28/16 2:36 AM GMT
Doesn't surprise me at all...In these times, there are quite a few like him...Some like it simple...

Most inspirational, Cap'n... Faved...
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.PatAndre
01/30/16 5:07 AM GMT
Mesmerized nailed it. WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY.
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.icedancer
01/30/16 5:05 PM GMT
OH MY GOODNESS, what a Moving and Emotional story - what a wonderful experience for you and your wife. I can see the whole story in my head as I read yours. So Beautiful and wish him well and safe journey
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