Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven,
God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael
The archangel found him, resting on the seventh
Day. He inquired of God, 'Where have you been'
God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly
Pointed downwards through the clouds, 'Look Michael,
Look what I've made.'
Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, 'What is it'
'It's a planet,' replied God, 'and I've put Life on
it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a
Great place of balance.'
'Balance', inquired Michael, still confused.
God explained, pointing to different pa rts of earth,
'For example, northern Europe will be a place of great
Opportunity and wealth while southern Europe is going
To be poor; the Middle East over there will be a hot
Spot. Over there I've placed a continent of white
People and over there is a continent of black people,'
God continued, pointing to different countries. 'This
One will be extremely hot and arid while this one will
Be very cold and covered in ice.'
The Archangel , impressed by God's work, then pointed
To a large land mass and said, 'What's that one'
'Ah,' said God. 'That's WEST VIRGINIA , the most glorious
place On earth. There are beautiful lakes, rivers, sunsets. Mountains, forests, Wild animals, And rolling hills. The people from WEST VIRGINIA are going to Be modest, intelligent and humorous and they are going
To be found traveling the world. They will be
Extremely sociable, hard working and high achieving,
And they will be known throughout the world as
Diplomats and carriers of peace.'
Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then
Proclaimed, 'What about balance, God' 'You said there
Would be balance!' God replied wisely, 'Wait until you see the idiots I'm Putting around them in Ohio , Virginia , Kentucky ,
Maryland and Pennsylvania .