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Tynan's Olive Branch
by Kay Ramos
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Tynanís Olive Branch

It had been just over four months and the house was in unspeakable turmoil.

Ever since Hailey became Tynanís girlfriend, things had become so chaotic. It was not entirely Haileyís fault, neither had it all been Tynanís fault either. It was just the situation in general. I suppose I should start at the beginningÖ

You see, Tynan is a loving kind of guy, and the type that girls swoon over. Heís a handsome, respectable, church-going young man, just the slightest bit timid, and such a gentleman. Living proof that chivalry still exists in this day and age.

Hailey, on the other hand, is loud, outspoken, at times obnoxious, but genuinely sweet once she connects with a person. Hailey was also aching to be loved, and Tynan had all the love she needed.

The two of them started talking to one another and eventually became friends, until the day that Tynan felt he should take their relationship further. He decided to ask Hailey to be his girlfriend. Hailey undoubtedly accepted and the two began to get to know each other better. They spent hours on the phone, at times they would write to one another, and they would laugh and enjoy each otherís company when they were together.

As weeks passed, the two of them became more comfortable with each other and there was no longer the need to put on appearances as some do in the beginning stages of a romantic relationship. Trouble started brewing in their in the midst of their bond and at this point things began to turn sour for the couple.

Tynan began to find out information about Haileyís family life Ė shocking information. He heard about the poor living conditions in the house where she dwelt with her abusive parents and numerous siblings. He was told of how Hailey had to mature beyond her years and mother children that were not her responsibility from an early age. He was enlightened about the arguments, physical confrontations, belittlement, and other spirit-breaking torment that his girlfriend was living day in and day out and, naturally, it angered Tynan.

He became withdrawn and began to act hostile toward his family. His once pleasurable rapport with his sister, brother, and father became bitter; but perhaps the most damaging of all was the deterioration of his relationship with his mother.

Although Tynanís mother was a strong woman, no amount of mental brawn could cope with the mistreatment that his mother had to regularly endure due to the fact that Tynan still lived at home and was around his mother more often than not. Every day became an emotional rollercoaster for his mother and left her spiritually sick after each ride. As Tynan and Hailey communicated with each other more and more, he became increasingly unpleasant to be around. The most insignificant exchanges between Tynan and his mother became unbearable. He would snap at any moment, and Tynanís mother felt as if she had to walk on eggshells around her boy. Tynanís mother grew to resent Hailey for the damage that she and her problems were causing between mother and son.

The more Tynan was approached in regards to the matter at hand, the worse his attitude turned out to be. Tynanís sister, brother, father, and other dear relatives tried to reason with him, all to no avail. Finally, Tynanís mother knew that she had to face the beast head-on. After wrestling with the thoughts in her mind, Tynanís mother knew what she had to do.

She was able to get Tynan and Hailey to agree to have an ďinterventionĒ of sorts with her. At this point, so much heartbreak had bottled up inside of her that Tynanís mother poured out her true feelings to them. As she cried, she could see Tynanís eyes well up with tears to match her own. Then, the twinkle that Tynanís mother so fondly remembered seeing in her sonís eyes revealed itself to her and she knew at that point that she had broken down the walls around his heart. After their long chat, Tynanís mother was satisfied. She agreed to help Hailey, knowing that her situation was so dire, and this of course made Tynan very happy.

Later that evening, just before Tynanís mother turned in for the night, her son crept up behind her. He wrapped his arms around her and said a heartfelt ďI love youĒ to his mom, then walked away peacefully. It was then that Tynanís mother thought of Godís faithfulness to Noah after the storm that he went through. She thought of the olive branch that the dove brought back to Noah as a symbol of peace and blessed reassurance from the Lord. She then realized at that moment that she, too, had been given an olive branch of hope and harmony restored now that her storm was over.

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