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Topic: Green (10/22/09)
TITLE: Green with Envy
By SherylAnn Heinicka
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Melinda opened the back door, arms full of packages which were beginning to tumble to the floor. The green wooden screen door slammed, shaking on its hinges. It was twilight and the shadows in the kitchen were long. As she struggled to turn on the lights, thoughts of the day flooded her.
Just that morning she had run into an old neighbor who had moved to the large city about fifty miles from her small town. Carolyn had been wearing stylish clothing, much more current and expensive than Melinda could afford on her nursing salary. Carolyn had arrived at the medical center for a presentation on the new medicine she was marketing for a large pharmaceutical company. She was evidently doing very well for herself because she had exited from a brand new pearly white Lexus sedan. Getting her supplies from her trunk, she turned when she saw Melinda, smiling and showing her newly whitened teeth. Everything about Carolyn screamed money and beauty -- her finely manicured hands with glittering rings, her creamy white wool slacks and blazer, the pink silk blouse. Her hair sported a perky new cut, which was streaked with blond highlights and stacked in the latest trend.
Melinda recalled their encounter earlier that morning. “Well, hello Melinda!” Carolyn cried in her southern drawl when she saw her walking toward her. Melinda stopped in mid-stride. She smiled and welcomed Carolyn with a warm hug. “I have got to stop feeling envy for Carolyn” Melinda admonished herself. “The Ten Commandments say not to covet.” It was difficult not to want some of what Carolyn represented though. “How have you been? You look great!” Carolyn smiled back at Melinda and shrugged her shoulders. “Well, I am doing pretty well for myself, now that I left the nursing profession. I’m enjoying the challenge, although it is pretty hectic! I am constantly in and out of the car, and waiting in hallways for the medical providers to give me a minute for my plug.” Carolyn chuckled, shaking her head, which made her hair move with a perky flip.
The two women made their way into the medical center. Once inside they turned and said their goodbyes. “I hope it won’t be as long until we see each other again” said Carolyn with another chuckle. “I sure have missed sitting on your back porch, having our chats over a good diet Coke. I especially miss talking about my latest beau!” Melinda suddenly felt envious again. She hadn’t had a date in at least three months. “Sure, we’ll get together real soon. Perhaps we can meet for dinner. Give me a call when you have a free weekend.” Carolyn turned and waved to her as Melinda made her way down the hall. She shook her head, knowing that Carolyn would never call her because of her active social life.
Arriving on her floor, Melinda could see that there was already chaos in progress. A patient’s heart had arrested and a “Code Blue” was in full progress. Doctors and nurses surrounded the bedside. There was organization and calm in the midst of the heroic efforts being made on behalf of the gray haired gentlemen on the bed. His wife was sitting off to the side, silent but crying. She was shaking with fear when Melinda approached her. Melinda helped her off the chair and ushered her out of the room.
They walked down the hall to the family waiting room, where she comforted the woman. “I know they are doing all they can to help your husband” she soothed. “The doctors and nurses here are the best. If he has life left in him, they will help.” The woman smiled a small smile, wiping her tear streaked face with the back of her hand. “We have been married forty-three years, she replied. He is my heart, the love of my life. We have three children and ten grand-children. He is so loved by them all, and I don’t even want to think about the loss they would feel with his death. His heart belongs to the Lord though, so I know he will be entering Heaven when he goes. That is a great comfort to me.” Melinda nodded her head, silent understanding bringing a tear to her eye.
The beginning of her day started off with envy, but she let all of that go. The most important thing in the world she acknowledged, was love of family and faith in Jesus.
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