KENMORE — Kenmore resident Peter Green comes from a family of storytellers.
His mother, he said, was a war bride from England, who told him stories of British World War II pilots being guided to safety during conflict by unidentified bright lights. His daughter, Maddie, 10, recently took over editing and writing duties for a group homeschooling newsletter.
Writing’s in the native Canadian’s blood, as evidenced by a series of three stories published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the most recent of which, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among Us,” published Jan. 1.
Peter’s story, “Angel at the Wheel,” tells of an incident in 1998 in which his life was in very grave danger, and he believes it was an angel who saved him.
During a several-hours-long drive home from a DJ gig, Peter said he began to feel a bit sleepy. Feeling superhero-like, though, he pressed on. It wasn’t until he realized he was stopped along the center shoulder of the highway that he realized he had fallen asleep at the wheel.
“It was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life,” he said. “To this day I cannot forget the image of getting out of my van, looking behind me and seeing the fresh tracks of the van in the center of the highway medium,” which had a steep decline that he assumed would have caused his van to topple.
“Something was keeping me from overturning,” he said.
That something was an angel.
“The fact is I didn’t see a winged figure so I couldn’t say that was an angel in front of me, but I was aware of the angel’s presence,” Peter said. “So I thought that merited sharing the story because I think the experience of seeing angels is very different for different people.”