Thursday, February 19, 2009

Eye Believe In Miracles!

In order to properly tell this miraculous story, I'm going to give you some background information first.

1. If you didn't know already, I have a "thing" for eyeballs and I have had this for most of my life. Maybe it stems from the fact that my eyes have been screwed up since birth and that I had to wear glasses starting at the age three months and I had an eye surgery when I was three years? Whatever the reason, this has been an obsession of mine, and I have always been attracted to the eyeball as a symbol--so much so that I have always worn jewelry, etc. adorned with eyeballs. Oh, and I am planning on getting an eyeball tattoo in March at the "L.A. Ink" place--stay tuned for more details on that!

2. I am not what you'd call a religious person. I have my own skewed set of beliefs that doesn't fall into any particular category--basically I try to be nice to people and be a positive thinker. Having said that, I went to Catholic school for twelve years of my life so a lot of the symbolism and stories of that religion are deeply embedded in me.

3. I was having a conversation on the phone with my friend yesterday (she is, by the way, the one that told me to bury the St. Joseph statue in the backyard to improve the chances of selling the house quickly) and she was telling me how she was out and about with all her kids the day before and realized when she got home that her son's "best blanket" (they had taken it with them) was missing.

I totally understand how panicked she must have felt--both Gooser and Pickle have blankets that they need to function. I don't even want to think about what would go down here if one of them went missing.

Anyway, her son's blanket was missing and she went to search--trying to retrace all the steps of the day--restaurant, bookstore, department store--she searched everywhere but couldn't find it.

Then she went back again later that night to search some more, but still came up empty-handed.
Somehow, she got her son to sleep without the blanket and headed out again the next morning to do more searching. She said she remembered hearing that if you ask St. Anthony for help, he will assist in finding missing things. So she offered up some kind of prayer and continued to look.

She decided to stop into stores she hadn't even been in the day before, but that were at points in between where she had gone. Oddly enough, she went into the Birkenstock shop and they had the blanket!!

Okay--now with all that confusing information I have given you, I can get on with my story!!

So I had this eyeball ring that I loved--I loved it as much as you can love an inanimate object. It was such a special ring that I bought in New York City while I was in college at this weird hole-in-the-wall store that I couldn't find now if I tried--though I'm sure it's long gone. Anyway, I have worn this ring on and off for years, but it went missing several years ago.

I have searched high and low-in obvious and not so obvious places for it. I have tried unsuccessfully to find a replacement ring on eBay or whatever--nothing even close has ever turned up.

One place I have searched extensively is a little closet in my bathroom where I keep all my lotions and potions (notions? What are notions? You always see that sign in the drugstore. And, by the way, what are sundries?). Anyway, I have been through this little closet many times, checking and rechecking every shelf in there. Additionally, since I have been on a cleaning and organizing spree lately, I went up there with one of those giant black garbage bags a few months ago and totally cleaned the whole closet out--throwing away everything I could and organizing the rest.

So last night I had my eyeball ring on my mind and was even searching around on the Internet once again to find something similar--no luck. I went up to take a bath and, while the tub was filling, decided to look through that dumb closet for the ten millionth time.

I carefully opened any kind of box or receptacle I could find, I groped in the corners...After checking a couple of shelves, I remembered what my friend had said on the phone that morning about St. Anthony and missing things and I said something makeshift like "St. Anthony--I'd really like to find my eyeball ring!"

So on the next shelf, there was a fluffy towel that my mom had given me for Christmas that I keep folded there with my hairdryer on top of it. I reached in with one hand to lift the towel and when I put my other hand underneath--the eyeball ring fell into my freaking hand!!!!!

Let me say that again--I was lifting up a towel that I have only owned for a month or so--after I have searched through and cleaned this closet multiple times for a span of years--and the ring FELL into my hand!

I was so freaked out I thought I was dreaming or something. Totally, totally surreal.

Now I love my ring more than ever--I consider it a lucky, magic ring and I'm wearing it 24/7 from now on! My precious.

So that's my miracle. And you can bet I am all over the idea of the St. Joseph statue helping me sell the house!


Missy said...

Every time I read your blog - I learn something new about (that is why I love your blog so much!)

I am right the opposite - eyeballs freak me out. Example - Abby had pink eye the other day and I had to make P.J. look in her eye to see how it looked - looking at eyes make my eyes water.

Anyways, I am so glad you found your ring. And that is so weird that you had lost it years ago and searched that closet many times. Really cool story!!!!

Becky said...

That is such a neat story, and should really give you inspiration and more faith.

Very Cool.

Very Cool Story, but that ring! Oh Jen! I don't know about the ring!

Brenda said...

Praying to St. Anthony really does work! I say this when something is missing (can't even remeber where I learned it!), "St. Anthony, St. Anthony, please look around. ______ has been lost and must be found!" Then, I always say a little thank you prayer to St. Anthony when I find my lost item.

We used the St. Anthony statue when we sold our house in Virginia too!

Brenda said...

Ooops, I meant St. Joseph statue!

Ronda's Rants said...

I am not Catholic but my best friend is...I was planting bulbs in the front yard of my house and I came upon what I thought was a plastic Jesus buried upside down! I thought it awful...I mean who would bury Jesus upside down? I called my friend all in a tizzy that Satan worshipers had owned my house before me! She laughed and said it was St. Joseph and explained about how Catholics believed! The owners of the house did sell but they didn't get a very good price for it...I know, because I bought it!
I love you but the ring is scary! :)

Jennifer said...

I've just recently learned of St. Anthony the other day at work. We were searching high and low for a script and she starting telling us about it, a minute later voila. She found it and promptly thanked St. Anthony. =)

So glad you foung your ring, Jen. Cute blog post title, btw!

Allison said...

I am glad you found your ring! I think I mentioned this before but we did the St. Joseph thing, too and it did least *we* like to think so. I have never done the St. Anthony thing, but you better believe the next time I lose something, I will!

Mrs Parks said...

Oh, I am SO remembering this.
That is A M A Z I N G.
I got the shivers, really.

Susie said...

That is so weird! I love stories like that:-)

Buddha's Place said...

I would bet you that I lose something at least every hour or two, so..."St. Anthony, St. Anthony, please look around. ______ has been lost and must be found!" This is going to be stenciled on my wall so I can just look up and find myself lol.

Kori said...

Totally bury the statue; this is too wierd NOT to, you know?

Rebecca Jo said...

what an interesting story! I can imagine your reaction when that ring fell into your hands...

I personally would have screamed because it would have looked like someone's eye falling into my hand.. I have to admit - that ring freaks me out.. makes me think of Rockwell's song - "I always feel like - somebody's watching me" - hehe!

Teri said...

Eye see what you mean. hehe Sorry, couldn't help myself.

My kids now know my standard answer for things, especially when we lose and then mysteriously find stuff. The answer is either Magic or Leprochauns. Hope this helps. :-)

CaraBee said...

That is an amazing story! And one creepy cool ring. Yowza. Reminds me of this movie, Beastmaster (old and bad), where the guy had a ring with an eyeball in it and it watched them. I'm going to have to remember the St. Anthony thing, because, as my mom would say, I could lose my head if it weren't attached.

Jen said...

Wow that is an amazing story!

Anonymous said...

What an awesome story! That's a very cool ring too.....glad you found it! :)

Jenni Jiggety said...

I am so glad you found it! Great story....and cool/creepy ring!

Jo-Jo said...

That has to be the freakiest/coolest ring I have ever seen!

noble pig said...

Okay that is so, so weird. Wow. Funny this happened to us on the same day. Maybe there was some type of planetary alighnment! So glad you found it.

JANE said...

Ok I need a list of the Saints and what they can help with!! That is a great story girl and VERY interesting ring!!

Jessica said...

Very Cool, and that ring is awesome!:)

Jeauxdi said...

That is the coolest story!

We put a cabbage leaf above every exit of our home to keep money flowing in every new years day...EVERYONE thought we were CRAZY. Lovie's has sold $30,000 more each year with his company, everything but our house is paid off and we now are about to start looking for a new house!
Just a lil Hoodoo (NOT voodoo) from New Orleans.
I will have to remember the St. Joseph in the back yard when we put this on the market!

Have a great weekend!

Queen of Feisty said...

I agree on the religious thing, I am happy, with positive thoughts, with 8 years of Catholic school under my belt. Let's just say I too have alot of information in my head. I just prefer to be more open minded now.

I love the ring, I had a mini version of that back in H.S. I SO wierded people out with it. I love yours! It's huge!

Good luck with the St. Anthony and the house sale!


DysFUNctional Mom said...

Awesome story! The ring kinda freaks me out though. lol! I hope that St Joseph's statue works!

Jaime said...

What a cute freaky ring. :)
I just bought the kids Bakugan over the w/e that open to show a big eye on them...they're totally cool

Jen B. said...

Awesome! So glad you found your ring!