When we last left off with Kayleena’s story, in Episode V, she had just lost her job and was living out of her car on the Island of Maui. In this installment, To The Edge And Back Again: Dreaming The Future, Kayleena tells the story of Tom Kelly and how she believes to this day that he was the Guardian Angel that saved he from her own private Hell. And, her journey continues…
I have to warn all you animal lovers in advance, this story will anger you and pull at your heart strings.
I was 16 and had just started in a new school. At the end of the school day there was always a guy standing in the same place waiting for his girlfriend. He was 6’2″, had long black hair, was in his twenties and was athletically built. He had graduated from this school, was a football star and was very well known. His name was Tom Kelly. I would have to walk past him every day as I walked home. We got as far as saying hello to each other by name when this happened…and before this I had never paid attention to the things I was dreaming.
He was waiting for his girlfriend as always when a beautiful black and white kitten came onto the yard. Tom scooped it up in both hands then threw it up into the air with all his might. I was close enough, I could have run up under it and caught it on the way down but I was highly allergic to cats and was afraid I would get scratched. So I just watched it hit the ground like everyone else in the yard. It hit the ground on its belly, didn’t make a sound, tucked its legs in and didn’t move. I was furious that he would do such a thing, I wanted to cuss him out but nothing came out of my mouth. I so badly wanted to pick that baby up and take it home with me but things at home were not good and my mother is allergic to cats too, I knew it would not be allowed near the house. The future of that kitten was set. No one in the school yard tried to help that poor baby! Nobody!
I cried all the way home, I can’t begin to tell you all the emotions that were running through me. I don’t know who I was more upset with, him for doing that or myself for doing nothing. I had to stand outside my door for about 20 minutes to compose myself before I walked in the house, I didn’t want to have to tell what had happened. I swore to myself that day that I would never again walk away from an animal in need, no matter what my parents said. I was upset the rest of the day; I went to bed upset with no thoughts of dreaming.
The next morning I woke still as upset as I was when I went to bed. I was getting dressed for school when the news came on the radio. The report stated: “a fatal car crash occurred around 2:30am, the driver was under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs, was speeding and crashed into a pole killing him instantly, the victim’s name was Tom Kelly”. The future for Tom Kelly had been set also. I fell to the bed in a sitting position shocked; I couldn’t believe what I had just heard. The next thing I remember I was bumping into someone in the school hallway. I had to look at myself to see what I was wearing. I guessed by where I was in the hall I was on my way to second period class, I felt confused. As the school day went on I couldn’t figure out why no one was talking about Tom. I almost asked a friend if they had heard the news but something made me not ask. At the end of the day I didn’t want to walk out the doors because I knew he wouldn’t be there so I walked out with my head down. When I looked up at the spot where he always was I stopped dead in my tracks and nearly dropped all my books! There he was as big as life! I was in shock and the look on my face said so because he looked back at me as if to say “what’s wrong with her”.
After I passed him I stopped dead in my tracks again…it was a dream! I didn’t have a radio in my room, it was a dream and little did I know I was dreaming the future. I don’t know exactly when I woke from that dream; I must have been in some kind of trance. I don’t remember getting dressed. I don’t remember walking to school. I don’t remember first period class.
Two weeks later all the kids in school were talking about it. Tom Kelly was killed in a car crash…exactly the way I had dreamed it! I couldn’t believe it till I read it in the newspaper. This happened in 1973 and I never told anyone about it. This haunted my life right up until 2003, when I asked that question on Maui…more to come.
When Kayleena first discovered Empire Wealth Builders, she stated that she felt like she had finally found a place where she belonged; like she had come home at long last. Many of your recent comments to my post remind me of my initial conversation I had with her. In getting to know her and her hateful to grateful journey she had to make to get here, I felt the need to share her story with all of you. To The Edge And Back Again: Dreaming The Future, I hope will be a reminder to all of us to be thankful for the little blessings we can find every day if we will only acknowledge they exist in and around us. Thank you for stopping by once again, because if it were not for your continued support I would not have the reason to connect with you so often.
To Your Journey My Friends,