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June 13, 2021

2/8/2014 3:23:00 PM
This present was better late than never

Angela Hastings just lost a father but found a piece of her past.
Hastings, a 1985 North Montgomery grad, doesn't get back to Crawfordsville very often. She was here in November of 2001. That was to bury her mother Julia Clinton.
"I didn't have much time then," Angela said the other day as she was preparing to leave Montgomery County for perhaps one of the last times. She was sitting in Joyce Meyers' Moon Dance Café, a spot that she said became her home away from home.
"I just didn't have that much time back then and I took most of my mom's jewelry to an antique shop. That's what she wanted."
Angela didn't have much time because she was taking emergency leave. A master sergeant, Angela made a career in the U.S. Army. Like most adults who lose a parent, Angela had time to reflect. She said one thing in particular kept nagging at her.
"My mother had a brooch. It was a butterfly pin. It was her favorite and I regretted not pulling it out and keeping it."
Six years and one month after her mother passed away, Angela was back in town to bury her father James Clinton and put the family affairs in order.
Husband Daniel and son Ian stayed home in Tomah, Wis. so that Angela could devote her time to getting things done. "It's easier to tear out carpet and get things done until 3 in the morning when you're by yourself," she smiled. When she wasn't working in her dad's house, she found Moon Dance and made it part of her routine.
"This place has just been wonderful and warm and friendly," she said. "It's been a real blessing. It's just a magical place."
Magical? After what Angela found . . . maybe.
"I was in here and they had something going on in the vault," she explained. "It was a jewelry display. I walked in and as soon as my eyes hit it I thought, oh my goodness, that's my mother's."
"It" was the butterfly brooch she had regretted giving away six years ago.
"I took it out to Joyce and told her. She said the lady who was selling the jewelry was sitting over there and we asked her where she got it and she said from an antique store here. I think it was Marcheta Dixon's store and that's where my mother had wanted everything taken.
"I couldn't believe it. I just walked in and there it was. I was amazed and just so grateful. I knew right away that was it."
More than a week later, Angela has already left Crawfordsville. She was packing up a U-Haul last week and was kind enough to take a few minutes to speak with a stranger. By now she is sitting back in her home in Wisconsin and handling the mixture of the loss of a parent while watching her 8-year-old son enjoy Christmas.
It's funny how life works.
"The good Lord, He leads us to where we were meant to be."
For her, that trip included at least one memento that she won't soon part with again.

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