I don’t know where to begin. Ahem. I don’t blame this on anyone but me, and I have come to the place of acceptance, and laughter-and a deeper understanding of my profound love for my husband.
The morning began with a decision. Dwain had gone target shooting with his son, (thank you for your prayers, dear friends-that situation is healing) and I was left alone, looking at the darkened sky, hearing the rolling thunder.
“Should I risk driving to church with the jeep top down?”
I knew darn well that every time I stayed home because of the “weather” I missed out on relationships, the lunches, the shopping. I decided then and there-I was going to chance it. My friend Leeny awaited me. A sinus infection had kept me away from the every other Sunday service (we are members of a church in Lititz, Hosanna A Fellowship of Christians) I had promised her, upon learning of her recent health scare. I just wasn’t about to let her down, that’s what it came down to in the end.
At the service, just as the preacher began his sermon on the prodigal son, thunder shook the chapel-the congregation laughed.
“The Holy Spirit has joined me,” he chuckled, to the delight of the crowd.
All I could think, was crapstastic. And oh, how tastic the crap became. I left the church, in a light Summer frock, no jacket-to buckets and buckets of water. On the way to my jeep, I see a poor woman fall-flat on her poor face-right down the backdoor stairs. The EMT in me assesses the situation and kind men pick her up and set her on her feet. Prognoses? Possible broken nose.
I run as fast as I can in heels, on slick parking lot, without killing myself. I open the door, the jeep has at least 2 inches of water puddled on the floor. It’s pouring and I am chilled to the bone. I see that traffic isn’t moving because a big, black truck is trying to come towards us-he is going the wrong way! Son of a BITCH!!!
Now I’m in full panic mode. I reverse and try to go the other way. It won’t work. I see the car in front of me move, so I do a U-turn and try again. This time the truck is coming alongside my vehicle. The parishioner is asking if I want him to help me put the top on. I just want to get the mojo out of there, and I brush him off.
“JUST GO!!!,” I scream.
And just then, it hits me. The “parishioner” is my husband. Later, he will tell me that when he hit the Pretzel Hut (a local ma and pa burger joint) he realizes that I am at church with the jeep top down and it is raining cats and dogs. He says he drove 100 mph (frowny face indeed!) on slick roads to come to my rescue. When I get home, he apologizes profusely, saying had he not gone away with his son, I wouldn’t be shivering and, well, drowned is the only word that comes to mind.
I tell him he’s ridiculous. He needs to spend time with his son. I am not a child, I am accountable for my own actions. In the shower, I beam and my heart swells with love and gratitude. I take my time in the shower, jump into warm clothes and my favorite bunny socks, take a little bit longer with my makeup.
I nuzzle up close to my man, and he is pleased.
“You smell like B.O. and bad sushi,” he gushes.
And he laughed and laughed and laughed, until I found the little piece of flesh, on his inner thigh, and twerked it-as hard as I could.