An Angel in Sin City

When I was on a journey to drive across the country from California to New Jersey, I had a detour in Las Vegas. I had a couple of friends who lived there. I have not seen them since high school, so it gave us a chance to bond and catch up. I ended up staying there for 5 months. I worked a seasonal job at Springs Preserve.

Springs Preserve has event facilities, surrounded by nature, away from the Las Vegas strip. It holds formal events like weddings, so we were required to dress formally. I have never been a server before and I didn’t know how to put on a tie. I never had to do it before. There was this girl, she was very friendly and caring. She stood out among the rest. I didn’t ask for her help, but she came to my rescue. She taught me how to put on my tie. She even did it for me the first time. The way I saw it back then, she was once new in that place, so she knew what it was like to be the new person. It could be scary and awkward. She made it her mission to make the new ones feel welcomed.

As I got to know her, I found out she came from Mt. Hope, New Jersey. I thought, “What a coincidence! That’s where I’m going.” She has been working in Las Vegas for a couple of years, but she was quitting her job soon. She said she sold her car and all her belongings, bought an RV, and would drive it to California. Then, she said something that I have never forgetten. She said, “I’m not worried. I have always been taken care of.” Her faith blew me away and she inspired me.

I cannot remember her name, but I will never forget her. She was what I considered, an angel in disguise. She made a difference in my life for good. Even now, whenever I am tempted to have financial worries, I tell myself, “You have always been taken care of.“


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