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One Capsule of Time

Excited, and hearts beating with anticipation
five of us held if declaring, "We're in this together!"...

Rising quickly,..into the clouds, it seemed....
Enclosed in a silver amateur astronauts, ...
we nervously looked at one another with the same wide eyed expressions.
"Such country bumpkins!"...."Do we look it?" I laughingly asked my husband....
"Hey, kids,  count the floors!...Can you believe it?"  
"Almost to the top!!"

A soft spoken gentleman, wearing a bushy, yet neatly trimmed, mustache,
smiled and said to us...."Your first time, I can see?"..

He wore a uniform, (host, or guide, I supposed)... with the warmest smile.
"If you like,....I can point out places of interest for your children?"...he offered, kindly.

Our three children nodded in delight.

When the steel doors opened, we stepped into a large room
Making our way through the milling crowd, we found a spot for observation.
Our mustached gentleman, chuckled when we gasped for air,
then saw for the first time, the incredible views...

As if looking down from heaven...

City lights flickered on, and we knew what it was like to look upon the stars...
Only, this time,  the constellations were below us...!

A magnificent city spread out before our eyes...
       Stunned speechless,  we were breathless...
Our new friend pointed out Ellis Island, the bridges, Statue of Liberty...
"Oh yes", ....he said,...."over there, can see almost into New Jersey"
"And there,...that is Staten Island.   "Do you see the ferry?"
He charmed our young daughter, and impressed our sons with his knowledge..

Here...on top of the world... in a magnificent twin marvel....

Oh, dear God.....the innocence....who could know...? 
Oh, dear God....the significance of that moment....

  one brief capsule of time....
      in company of one kind gentleman, who wore a friendly mustache

   We will never forget that day................or him................. Oh, dear God....

True story....and dedicated to a kind stranger....

For Contest Sponsored by Heather Ober

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  1. Date: 6/28/2013 4:06:00 PM
    Carrie I need to copy and paste congratulations on all your wins. My fingers are getting tired tapping on my IPad keyboard, lol. Big congrats on your win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 6/25/2013 11:52:00 AM
    enchantingly beautiful with such positive mood, carrie... congrats on your win!...:) huggs

  1. Date: 6/25/2013 10:31:00 AM
    I loved everything about this, Carrie. The overwhelming excitement at the beginning, your descriptions of NYC's lights like "constellations below," and that heart-wrenching twist at the end. Thank you for sharing this bittersweet story with us. Congrats on your win in my contest!

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 2:56:00 PM
    Such a heartbreaking twist at the end. Sometimes moments with strangers leave the most lasting impressions

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 10:23:00 AM
    So creative, you made me journey along with your family, excellent write Carrie, have a blessed day, xxx

  1. Date: 6/8/2013 4:48:00 PM
    So love the way you frame life in such an honest way Carrie!

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 7:59:00 PM
    Oh Carrie marvelous.... it's wonderful when people who are kind enough to be so observant, make a difference especially when children are involved..good luck....