The cold blustery wind whistled around the house echoing the emptiness I felt in my heart as I found Wiggles my pet goldfish, floating dead in the hospital tank I had set up.
I wept as I called for my husband Jeff. I had tried to help Wiggles but he had been sick a long time. His sickness and my inability to help him hurt me deeply… reminding me of our financial reversals.
Soon Jeff was out for the shovel. He came back inside and placed his hand over the container where Wiggles’ plump lifeless body lay in a puddle. With bowed head he prayed “Thank you God for the gift of Wiggles’ life and the joy he gave to us while he was alive.”
Jeff proceeded to bury the pet, somewhere in the yard, “deep enough so the neighborhood cats wouldn’t get it”, I specified.
Shortly the door opened. The solemn deed done Jeff looked me in the face and said, “want to go get another goldfish?”
“But we don’t have much money,” I frowned. His paycheck was 2 weeks late. We were scrounging. But the look in Jeff’s eye convinced me. Pretty soon he was driving me with our pet boxer Fritzi on my lap, down icy streets, trying to get to the pet store before it closed. We made it with a few minutes to spare.
I walked slowly over to the aquariums. The clerk was already mopping the floors. “Excuse me,” I said, “could I still get a fish?”
“Sure,” said the high school aged girl. Her ponytail swished as she put the mop aside.
“I’m replacing a fish that I just lost.” I told her. I named the pet store I purchased him from and her eyes lit up.
“When I was little I used to ride down to that place on my bike to get fish,” she said with a smile. She patiently let me pick out a healthy little fish that looked a like a miniature wiggles.
Fritzi entertained the pet store worker and another lady that had snuck into the store for a last minute purchase. Then Jeff and I were back to the house and settled in for the evening.
As we read our marriage devotional book it talked about the importance of making deposits in each others’ love accounts.
I thanked my husband for my new fish "Cal" and realized once again that no matter what our financial picture, I was really a rich rich woman to be loved like that.
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