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Supportive Hug

Location: Dearborn Heights MI USA

By: Debbie Schmidtke

It was 2 weeks before I took the Nursing exam in Pasadena CA when I heard the news that my Grandmother had a Heart attack and passed away in Michigan. I needed to go home to be with my family and pay respects to my grandmother. I stayed home for a week and then went back to CA, 3 days before the State Board Exams.

As I sat there on the very first day of testing - I was a nervous wreck. I think the anxiety of the testing, as well as all the emotions of losing a Grandparent- that I could not wait to move back home to see, was too much. So I closed my eyes and said a little prayer. At that time I felt this warm arm come around my shoulders and rest there.

I slowly opened my eyes to thank, who I thought would be the monitors walking the floors, and no one was there. Although this caught me off guard - it was very comforting to believe that my grandmother or other guardian angel was with me at that time.


I passed the boards and think of this moment often.

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St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated his wife. He taught their children his own evil ways. Rita tried to perform her duties ... continue reading



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