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Topic: Era (02/03/11)
TITLE: A Million Years Ago
By Sharon Brooks
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“At least your husband makes the big bucks”, Jennifer said. Hurt by her callousness Emily stopped pouring out her heart. In her sadness she recalled a bygone era.
Eddy and Emily were voted cutest couple in high school. Friends would sometimes tease them; “You guys are so cute it makes me sick!” There was some truth in this statement. When they went skiing together they wore matching sweaters. They always ordered one meal and shared it, and then did the same for dessert. She put chocolates in his shoes on Easter morning. They finished each others thoughts and treasured each others company above all others.
But that was a million years ago.
“I’m going to visit the ladies,” Emily said, “I’ll be right back.” She moved briskly as a sense of panic set in. The crimson walls of Windy O’Neil’s pub seemed to be collapsing. A man on a bar stool gave her an approving nod as she hurried past. She needed to splash some cold water on her face, shake it off. Emily had become an expert at putting on a brave face. Lonely in the marriage, she had thrown herself into raising three exuberant children, achieving her black belt in karate, and becoming a popular kickboxing instructor. Eddy was now the President and CEO of a pharmaceutical company. To the outside world, and even her closest friends, it appeared that she “had it all”. Tightening her jaw and fighting back tears, she looked at the stranger staring back at her in the mirror. Where had that sweet, vivacious God-centered girl gone?
But that was ten years ago.
“We should go to church.” Eddy stated one day. Shocked, she could only manage to reply, “Okay...” She wondered where this had come from. After all, he was the one who cited that organized religion was the root of all evil. He could rant for hours about the history of Catholics and Protestants killing each other in Ireland alone. He had plenty more to say about other religions.
But that was five years ago.
The children are in university now and Eddy and Emily often have Sunday afternoons alone following church. “Unchained Melody” came on the radio as Emily prepared lunch. Time froze as they looked at each other with the same thought. This was “their song” when they were dating, although they hadn’t thought about it for decades. Eddy sauntered over to Emily and gently held her waist. The look in his eye made her blush. They rocked slowly to the music as he softly kissed her neck. Flashbacks from dancing in their youth delighted Emily and she said, “Doesn’t it feel like a million years ago?” He answered, “It feels like yesterday.”
“Perseverance must finish its’ work so that you may mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:4 NIV)
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