My Guardian Angel

Title Insurance with Family Abstract, Inc.

30 years ago, before becoming a partner in Family Abstract, I worked for a company that sent me out on the road to some of their remote sites to do maintenance work.

This one particular site was in an isolated area of central Pennsylvania that was prone to heavy rainstorms with an extraordinary amount of lightning, possibly attracted to the area by all the ore piles in the area. It was surrounded by a 10-foot high cyclone fence for security.

Around 1:30pm I noticed some very heavy rain clouds coming over the nearby hills and knew that another storm was coming. Then, as the first burst of lightning lit up the sky and the first crash of thunder shook the air, I got back into my pick-up and went over to one of the gates.

The latch was broken and I had to wrap a short length of chain around the gatepost and then through the edge of the gate. Next I took the open lock off the fence, where it had been hanging with my other hand. Just when I was about to put the lock on the chain, a gnat flew into my open right eye.

That stung! It stung so much that I instantly dropped the lock and the chain and put my hands to my eye, taking one step back at the same time. Not a second later, lightning struck that fence, and I saw the whole fence in front of me light up and glow bright blue.

That beautiful but lethal shade of light blue from high-voltage radiation nearly filled in all those little diamond-shaped openings in the fence. I stood there awe struck as I realized what had just happened.

I was standing, wet, in rain, holding onto a chain that was threaded through a metal fence that was just about to be struck by lightning, when an insignificant insect, an annoying pest, a bug, flew into my eye and saved my life.

I was completely unharmed, not even a tingle.

Now, I've always believed that we each have a guardian angel, but I don't know for sure until then how they do their work. At night when I lie down to go to sleep, I thank those guardian angels for the work that they do.

Who knows how many times they saved my life and I don't even know about it.

I have my Mother, Brother and Sister all "Up There" as possible candidates, I'd pick my sister as the gnat, that time, she was always, Bugging" me!  From my Family at Family Abstract, Inc to yours, ALL our very best!!



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About Family Abstract, Inc.

Established in 2002, Family Abstract, Inc. provides Title Insurance to clients and customers throughout Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with more than 40 years of combined experience in management alone. We pride ourselves on retaining the most skilled and knowledgeable employees who share our goals of providing the best service in the industry.

Located in Horsham, Pennsylvania, Family Abstract, Inc. maintains an extensive network of skilled title insurance abstractors in all the states we service in addition to a nationwide network of qualified closing agents who are available to close loans at any location.

Backed by the strength of four title insurance underwriters, we are able to provide expert attention to detail without sacrificing versatility in the closing process, thus providing more options in difficult title situations. Due to our depth of industry knowledge and commitment to excellent service, Family Abstract, Inc. has been able to develop client relationships that have endured for decades.

Having successfully settled and insured thousands of transactions, we have already earned the trust and confidence of hundreds of customers, lenders, brokers, and realtors and now we would like to share our expertise with you!

Comments (30)

Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Talk about having an electrifying personality Glenn!


Jun 12, 2013 09:59 AM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I have had an experiece or two or three that have really made me wonder, too.

Jun 12, 2013 11:25 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I have a few guardian angels.  I think one of them is my grandmother .. she was a character.. and she sometimes sends me messgage to think and act outside the box.. LOL.. She is welcome any time.

Jun 12, 2013 11:37 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
Glenn, What a great story. It's amazing how a second or two can make a huge difference.
Jun 12, 2013 11:55 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Glenn, wow, what a story! I would say you owe your sister the bug! Now tell me, how do you feel about lightening after that?

We are up high and often have lots of lightening here. Up a bit futher from my house there are pastures. 13 cows went to cow heaven one year, all dropped like rocks from lightening hitting the ground where they were.

Jun 12, 2013 12:04 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Glenn, what a wonderful story and how lucky you were.  I like to think we have guardian angels - whatever we want to call it, it makes me really think about some kind of higher power.

Jun 12, 2013 12:34 PM
Jamie Bulaich
Long Beach, CA
Long Beach/ Seal Beach/Sunset Beach - Coastal Home

I am a true beliver! Thank God you are ok :)

Jun 12, 2013 03:00 PM
Carol Culkin
Diamond Partners Inc - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

I believe in guardian angels, for sure. Like you, I have designated family members and I've been known to talk to tem too. They always listen to me talk myself through situations.

Jun 12, 2013 03:06 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Glenn, I am a believer in angels and miracles.  This is a touching story about both, plus the man who was touched by an angel. I am so glad that you are able to share this story.

Jun 12, 2013 05:15 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

That was unforgettable experience, wow!

I'm so happy that your story has a happy end and that you are still with us.


Jun 12, 2013 06:20 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Glenn - Wow.  Wow.  Wow.  What a wonderful story and yes, I'd have to agree that you have a guardian angel looking after you.

Jun 12, 2013 07:32 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Yep, probably the sister!  And laughing all the while!  Terrific story.  I once had lightning strike so near to me I felt the heat!

Jun 12, 2013 10:36 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

We are never alone ever for the breath of God is within you....Now, go inward to know more and more will be given....thank you. good post

Jun 12, 2013 11:29 PM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Wow certainly did have a guardian angel looking out for you that day! So glad that you are here today to share that story.

Jun 12, 2013 11:38 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

I enjoyed your story - it is beautiful.

Jun 13, 2013 12:37 AM
Marilyn Wier
RE/MAX Space Center - League City, TX
Your League City & Surrounding Areas REALTOR!

Okay as I wipe the tears from my eyes what an amazing story and heart warming post!! I believe in heavenly angels and it sounds like you have an army protecting you! God bless!

Jun 13, 2013 02:36 AM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

That is absolutely awesome Glenn!  I bet it was your sister lol :)!  I absolutely believe in guadian angels and this is wonderful that you got your perfect proof with that Gnat :)!!

Jun 13, 2013 03:48 AM
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

Your comments to this blog post were awesome.  I believe in miracles and Angels more than I believe in todays man made religion.  I was truly lucky that day, I do love a good Gnat in my ear now and then to remind me of that day, my mom, my brother and my sister can come and visit"However" they like.


Be well!!

Jun 13, 2013 06:38 AM
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407
What a vivid description of that terrifying episode! Thank you for sharing your remarkable story and its significance for you.
Jun 16, 2013 04:26 PM
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

Richard, thanks for finding this blog on the back pages, glad you enjoyed it. 

Jun 17, 2013 01:54 AM