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Chuck Hinman. IJMA No. 359: Psychics: are they for real?

It's Just Me Again No. 359: Psychics: are they for real? For past Chuck Hinman columns, thumb back through Sundays with CM, reading as a Daily Newspaper.
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by Chuck Hinman

During the 1930's Mom discovered she had lost her diamond engagement ring. She searched high and low but to no avail.

In those days, there was a psychic who advertised over KMA, the strong Shenandoah, Iowa, radio station, that he could help you find lost articles. Mom, desperate to find her ring turned to him. His cryptic advice was that her ring was "in a seldom used drawer." As you would expect, she turned our house upside down but no ring!

One Sunday morning our family was preparing to go to church. I was between 5 and 10 years old. Most kids that age have a built in curiosity to see what's in their Mom's purse. I was no different. I had "ratted around" in Mom's purse many times.

Mom left her three little kids unattended in the car in our driveway with her big purse. Goody! I remember as clearly as if it had been yesterday that I discovered the lost ring in a little pocket in her purse. The pocket was for a small mirror and apparently she had stuck the ring in that pocket and forgotten about it.

Naturally you can appreciate the excitement and noise as all three of us kids bounded out of the car and headed for the house screaming -- "Chuck found your ring, Momma, Chuck found your ring!" I'm sure Mom was beside herself with joy over the discovery of the ring.

I can barely remember but I believe Mom did marvel at the psychic's curious response. When she wasn't carrying the purse on her person, she stored it in the center drawer in the dresser in hers and Dad's bedroom. There was room for nothing more than her purse so she reasoned it, the ring, secreted in an obscure pocket in her purse was stashed in a "seldom used drawer."

Even though this is an interesting episode in my early family life, it would be wrong to conclude that we were taught to refer to the stars, fortune tellers, and the like for answers. We were raised to have a deep and abiding faith in God -- not Iowa psychics. That has stood me well for going on eighty-eight years.

Chuck Hinman's columns regularly appear in Sunday with CM. To read them, use the Reading as a Daily Newspaper feature entering Sunday dates. The next previous Chuck Hinman column is at IJMA No.174: May Basket Tradition

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