An Angel Named Abigale

It’s that time of year when Fussy believes…in love…in family…in friends…in a greater power than ourselves…in magic…and in all things gingerbread. Every year, starting in early April, the planning and shopping begins for the seasonal business that is called Gingebread Workshop.

By October, the work requires the talents of angels. These angels are young. These angels are inexperienced in the ways of Gingerbread Workshop.. These angels are full time students who work already in different service industries. These angels are eager to take on
new challenges, all in service of the belief that ‘Having Fun Is Serious Business. Some angels work for just a few days. Some angels work for a number of holiday seasons. Some angels are bubbly and perky. Others have spirits that calm any sugar induced meltdown and storm. Some angels want to work for chocolate and candy. Other angels have crises hovering above their shoulders like the dust cloud that surrounds Charlie Brown’s PIGPEN. All of the Angels give their all so that families can build memories with gingerbread. Every year, one angel turns out to be Fussy’s Guardian Angel. In 2016, that special angel is Abigale.

Why? Why is Abigale the angel with the special gifts? What skill does this newest, youngest angel have to set her apart? At age 18, Abi believes in hard work. Personal responsibility. Optimism for the future. A sense of her own destiny. Abigale takes charge, knowing that her future lies in becoming independent. Abi wants to make her mother proud. Abi was a high school athlete and cheerleader.

Yet, Abi was bullied to the edge of despair. The desperation was profound. Desperation that breaks so many. Many are permanently broken by bullying. Many never recover. Abigale saw the depths of her challenges as a defining moment. Rather than fall into lockstep with a self absorbed whiny generation who blames any and every one, she took positive action. Abigale enlisted in the Navy.

This guardian angel of mine has an enlistment date in 2017. The Navy is providing her with opportunities to learn, to grow, to travel and to become self sufficient. Abigale is excited about all the new challenges that lie ahead. And she has a few trepidations. Plus a couple of teenaged ideas about things she’ll see.

Why is Abigale this year’s guardian angel? Abi works hard. Abi learns quickly. Abi takes initiative. All of these skills are making a difference in this year’s workshops. The main reason Abigale is Fussy’s special angel: At age 18, Abi has renewed Fussy’s faith in the young generation. She is an anomaly among her peers. Abigale knows that it’s not how many times you get knocked down that counts. It’s how many times you get back up.

Fussy is grateful for the talents of all of the Gingerbread Angels. Thank you Stephanie for bringing Tyler to us. Thank you Tyler (Fussy’s Guardian angel for 2 years running ) for introducing Fussy to Eileen. Thank you Eileen for leading Abigale to GingerbreadWorkshop. All of the Angels work hard to make things easy for our clients. Abigale has strengthened Fussy’s belief in America and America’s future. And that’s why Abigale is Fussy’s guardian angel.