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Topic: Elephant in the Room (12/05/13)
TITLE: A Green Smile
By Barb Burke
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She stood at the sink retracing her steps, carefully making note of everyone she spoke to or smiled at. There was no way on earth they could miss such a huge bush of green foliage lodged smack in between her front teeth.
As she walked back to her desk, she neared April’s cubicle. Ashley had lunch with April, and they sat across from each other discussing the new clients coming in and how to set up the new account. April said nothing about the obnoxious green growth.
Ashley grunted in disgust. Really, how could anyone actually look someone straight in the face and pretend such a disaster wasn’t really there? She could feel the heat of anger and knew her face was probably growing redder by the step as she walked through the hallway.
She rounded the corner near April’s desk and stood there for a minute. Finally, April looked up and smiled. “What’s up Ash? How’d it go? Do they seem nice enough?”
Just as Ashley opened her mouth to dice up her friend, April’s intercom buzzed. “April, there’s a delivery up front for you.” April stood and smoothed her fitted skirt, telling Ashley she would be back in a flash.
As she walked down the hallway, Ashley saw the toilet paper trailing gracefully behind April. It fluttered around, permanently fixed to the bottom of one of her expensive black pumps. Ashley started to open her mouth to call after her, but shut it instead. With a smile of satisfaction, she went back to her desk.
Ashley had a moment to calm down and the guilt started to set in. She should have said something to April. The two voices in her head kept trying to oust each other from her thoughts, each with reasons why they were right.
Amy had it coming to her! Is that any way to treat a friend? Exactly, Amy should have told me so I didn’t make a fool of myself! So your pride is more important than your friendship?
Ashley had not been a good friend. She knew her pride had made her want to see her friend experience how she felt. That was not how God wanted her to treat others. She got up and walked past the conference room. As she passed, the two new clients looked up and Ashley flashed a foliage-free smile. She went to find her friend.
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