Many believe were just organic beings who are born, live, and die. Or is there more to us than meets the eye? Could our lives go beyond the grave and the ashes we leave? The thought that our journey goes beyond our earthly lives is one humans have considered since we first walked upon the Earth.
My novel, one man's journey in life, considers this question and more. The venture begins when Mr. Ray John heads to the A&P in his classic Edsel to purchase some items at the grocery store for a barbecue. Before leaving, he invites you to come along, too. There, he meets an unusual being who offers him a train ticket that could lead to a journey of a lifetime. He has to be at an abandoned depot and be there by 4:00 P.M. that day. He must decide to stay or go.
The author of My Trip to the A&P: A Timeless Tale, R. Andrew Johnson, is an earthly time traveler just like each of you whose journey began with his birth in El Paso, Texas. His family roots are found in Pennsylvania. As he passes through his life he seeks answers as to why were here.
Mr. Johnson journey reached an impactful crescendo when an African American missionary knocked on his door, identified himself, and asked for donations for an orphanage in Mexico; and one more thing, an umbrella in case it might rain. Moved by his genuineness, Andrew gave him what little cash he had, but couldn't find an umbrella for him. The man thanked him and left, but stopped at the patio door and left a message.
It never rained that day, but the three words he left this writer changed his life and the course of the novel he was writing.
Today, the author lives in Southern California where some say it never rains and the sun always shines. He lives with his wife Marianne and cat Mindy.
Mr. Johnson earned a master's degree and taught in the public schools for 24 years.
A burning question lies within each human being. What happens to us when we take our last breath? Is it a new beginning, perhaps a spritiual existence. Or is our time up, and we turn to ashes and dust?
With this question comes anxiety and fear of the unknown. It may hover over us, smother some of us, as we wonder why were here in what many believe is a temporal life. Many will embrace a live for today attitude, as tomorrow is not guaranteed. Or is each of us endowed at birth with a spirit, a soul, with a hope of life beyond the realm of death?
My Trip to the A&P: A Timeless Tale
Then our thoughts turned real. The messenger of death was upon us and we saw him bearing his sickle. It was harvest time and he was calling on us, beckoning us, his index finger inviting us to come, to cross over into his world. We knew our time was up, but we refused to go willingly into that night. Despite our resolve, soon we would be thrust into the unknown.