“My stupid sister Debbie went and got herself pregnant! Now, I’ll never be able to date. My dad and his stupid, old fashioned rules won’t let me ‘single’ date until I’m 16 anyway and now I bet he never lets me date. I hate her!”
Becky was ducking as Cindy threw all the pillows off of her king-size bed. She had no idea one bed could hold so many pillows. Finally, Cindy stopped yelling and stopped throwing pillows. She grabbed one and held on tight as the tears streamed down her face.
When she started sobbing, Becky walked over to Cindy and sat beside her on the big bed. Becky didn’t say a word. She just inched closer and put her arm around her best friend. Cindy and Becky had been friends since before they knew how to crawl. Becky wanted to say something, anything, but words were not really needed right now. Cindy just needed a friend that could understand her frustration.
They sat on the bed for what seemed like hours. Cindy kept crying and Becky kept handing her clean tissues and offering her hugs.
Cindy sat straight up and smiled a mischievous smile, “There may be something good in this after all!”
“What?” Becky’s eyes were wide with shock.
Cindy’s eyes sparkled, “My dad is just old-fashioned enough that he might send that wayward sister of mine to a ‘home for unwed mothers’. They do still have those, don’t they? The stupid people who approved abortion didn’t close them all down, did they? Please tell me they still have them. It’s my one, last, only hope for sanity.”
By now they were both rolling on the bed laughing as hard as they could. Becky, through her laughter, assured Cindy, that there were indeed still homes that unwed mothers could go to while they were pregnant.
They rode the emotion roller-coaster together. Laughing, talking, crying, listening. After several hours of this, Cindy was ready to really start dealing with the future. Her future was definitely not going to be the same as she had expected. But then again she knew that she was not anything at all like her sister. Her sister hardly ever went to activities with the youth group at church. Her boyfriend never even came to church. And her grades, well, with her grades it would be a miracle if she ever even graduated from high school, let alone go onto college. Her sister had broken their parents trust on more than one occasion.
Cindy was a solid A-B student. She sang in the church choir. She worked with the kids in Children’s Church twice a month. And most importantly she had never given her parents any reason not to trust her.
Suddenly Cindy was almost hysterical again, “I’m planning to go with Brad to the Chris Rice concert tomorrow night. We’re supposed to be double-dating with you. Remember? You don’t think Dad is going to make me cancel, do you? Oh, please say you don’t think he will make me cancel. I’ll just die!”
Becky spoke honestly, “I know your parents are very upset right now. Shocked may be the better word. And they love you and don’t want you to have the same thing happen to you. But they also trust you. You have never given them any reason to doubt you. You do play by the rules and that helps. Ya know…Until now, I never understood this ‘group dating at 14, double-dating at 15, and single dating at 16’ thing. I thought your parents and mine were just being strict and old fashioned. But maybe they are on to something. Maybe they do want us to have good lives for a long time instead of just fun for a short time.”
Becky thought for a minute longer, “Let’s go have a chat with your parents right now. Let’s ask them if it’s still OK for you to go on the double date with us and let’s make sure that they have all of our cell phone numbers so that they know they can call and check on us at anytime if they get that ‘funny’ feeling parents sometimes get. Maybe that will reinforce the trust you have already earned with them. OK?”
Cindy cautiously got up off the bed, inched toward her bedroom door, then flung it open, “Daddy. Daddy, where are you? I have a question to ask….” She turned to Becky “Come on, let’s go! Hurry!”
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