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I want to write my phone number in my daughters shoe

This afternoon my oldest daughter is flying to California for twelve days.  We live in Pennsylvania.  She will be on the airplane by herself. She will change planes by herself.

Her suitcase is packed.

She is ready to leave.

She flew on a plane several years ago without me.  She went to New Orleans on a missions trip with her youth group at Santa Cruz Bible church. I trusted her youth group leader, Jared Michelson, to protect her.  The first time I met Jared was to talk bout the  missions trip he was leading and taking my daughter on.

He was sitting behind a desk when my daughter and I walked in. He stood up, reached out his hand to me, and said, “Hi, I’m Jared. Nice to meet you.”

I said, “My name if Pamela Hodges, you harm my daughter, prepare to die.”  Have  you see the movie Princess Bride?

Today, she is travelling alone.

When her plane lands tonight at 10:30 at the San Francisco airport, she will be 2923.11 miles away from home. It would take me 43 hours and 59 minutes to drive to California if she needed me.

My youngest daughter wrote our phone number on her arm, in case she got hit by a car when she rode her bicycle around the block.  I want to write my phone number in my oldest daughters shoe.  She is asleep now. Her shoes are on her desk.

I won’t sneak in her room and grab a shoe.

I will get on my knees and pray.

I will trust.

I will trust in the Lord, with all my heart, and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways I will acknowledge him, and he will direct my path.

Her plane leaves at five.  The GPS will help me find the airport.

God will direct me on my new path, as my daughter prepares to leave home.


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • pamelahodges

    Brad, thank you for you offer to help if needed. We use to live in California, so lots of friends for you. Yes, God is at work. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Brad Veitch

    Pamela, God knows all about California. He knows drivers are wild, shoppers are loony, students sometimes go to class, and we are the Left Coast. He also knows some committed California Christians and some Californians that need committing.

    Having spent three hours in SFO over New Year’s Eve, we survived! Saw youngest son off to return to London (that’s over water!) and received our older son and wife from North Carolina (is that in US?) for a far too short visit.

    Pamela, I’m pretty sure God hears your prayers and will watch over your daughter. I am also pretty certain that she will remember you, too. Should all @#%$^ break loose, I’ll be happy to be substitute until you arrive (seriously). But, don’t expect it to happen; God is at work. Brad Tribe Writer

  • Robin Patrick

    I will pray with you for her safety. I do know the feeling all too well. She is so loved here that you know she will be well taken care of.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Robin for your prayers.

  • Oh my. How I relate to this. I hope she has a great adventure!

    • pamelahodges

      She has safely arrived in California. Minus one wallet. We received a call late last night that someone has found it, and will mail it to us.