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Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)
TITLE: The Telephone Call
By Kim Clendenin
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She plopped down on the couch and picked up the phone.
“Dad, it’s me Alexa.”
“Hi honey, where have you been? It’s been ages since you called me.”
“I know dad and I’m really sorry about that, I’ve just been so busy.”
“Too busy to take just a few minutes to call your dad once in while?”
“I’m sorry dad.”
“So what’s up?”
Alexa hesitated just enough to clue her dad in. He knew her too well.
“What’s wrong Alexa?”
Alexa rolled her eyes.
“I lost my job. I’m broke. My boyfriend has dumped me. You name it and it’s wrong!” she said dejectedly.
“I don’t know.” she hedged. “Well, I kinda told a lie at work and the boss took it way out of hand and just fired me” she said with accusation in her voice.
“Kinda told a lie Alexa?”
“Well ok, I know what you’re going to say. A lie is a lie.”
Alexa signed heavily. Her father waited patiently knowing there was more to come.
“Ok, I’ll admit it, I really screwed up. I can’t take it back.” she said angrily.
“I’m sorry you made the wrong choice Alexa.”
“Me too. The thing is; I’m broke now. I lost my job 3 weeks ago. Dad, everything is falling apart! My car needs brakes, I need a job, my boyfriend has left me and I don’t know what to do!”
“Sin in your life has consequences doesn’t it?”
Alexa was a little hurt by her fathers comment. He was still blaming her.
“If you had not lied and gossiped you would still have your job,” he said. “You wouldn’t be broke and your car would be fixed because you would have had the money to fix it. Right?”
Alexa thought for a moment and new her dad was right. “I just wanted to fit in at work dad. I wanted to climb the corporate ladder.” She said passionately. “What do I do now?” She said dejectedly. “Will you help me dad?”
“Why should I help you?” he asked.
Alexa was surprised by this. “Come on dad, I’m sorry, really I am.” Tears started rolling down her eyes as she twirled the fringe on the pillow.
Alexa sighed “Dad?”
“I know what I did was wrong. And I really regret it now. Maybe I should have called you for advice instead of lying and gossiping.”
“That would have been a very smart move. I’m here for you whenever you need me, just a call away.”
“Thanks dad. Ummm do you think you could help me out?”
“Should I help you?”
“I know I don’t deserve …..”
“No you don’t” he interrupted, “But I love you anyway, no matter what. That’s what parents do best right?”
She smiled, feeling better already. And at the same time feeling really ashamed of what she had done to the girl at work.
“Thanks dad.” she whispered. “I know you will always be there for me and take care of me.”
“Yes honey?” he smiled.
“That girl at work? Her name is Toni. Would you let Mr. Hendricks find favor with her? Show him what a good job she does? I sure would like to see her get that promotion.”
“Now that’s my girl.” He said. “And while I’m at it, how bout we forget this forever and start over again?
“I promise to call more often.” she said.
“I sure hope so.”
“Thanks for talking to me. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.”
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