When our kids were eight and ten, and I was much younger and thinner,
I developed a back problem and my doctor ordered a month of bed-rest in an attempt to avoid surgery. It didn’t work and I was incapacitated several months.
We needed help!
So, I looked in the classifieds to find a housekeeper. A few days later, a Cadillac stopped at the curb, and then our doorbell rang.
After asking if she had the right place, the black lady in the white uniform waved and her transportation drove away.
What kind of housekeeper was this? The uniform didn’t surprise me as much as her… uh… chauffeur.
She said he was her boyfriend, and my imagination went wild.
But, her smile lit her eyes. She had a cocoa and peaches complexion, and her joyful spirit gave evidence to a good heart. And we needed her desperately.
I went back to bed and she went to work. Tim (ten) and Joy (eight)followed her from room to room. They were fascinated. She had them spellbound is a better description.
Clementine Banks won our hearts that day as she cleaned our house from top to bottom, did the laundry, and lifted our spirits although the road ahead looked dreary.
During the next eight months, Clemmy came once a week, always with a smile that put a twinkle in her eyes. She told me about the hardships she had faced in Mississippi. She’d been a hairdresser. But California didn’t recognize her Mississippi cosmetology license so, she was cleaning houses. And doing a great job for us at a time when we needed her.
The kids loved her. I loved her. And Dan was glad to have her help. We paid her for her work and she did a good job, but more than that she became a friend and opened our eyes to a world we didn’t know much about.
Then, one day I realized I had recovered from my surgery and could begin doing the housework again. And, we never heard from Clemmy again. I tried to call her but the phone was disconnected. She left our lives as suddenly as she had appeared.
I’ve often thought that we may have entertained an angel unaware although she looked like an ordinary person. A little more beautiful than most. A little more joyful than most. And willing to do her job better than most.
I’ll never know if she came from the Heavenly Realm appearing as a mortal, or if she was just an ordinary person willing to serve, and God blessed us with her during our time of need.