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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)

TITLE: Love Gift
By Catrina Bradley


I love Thursdays. Thursdays are Terri’s days. While I’m toiling away at my office in the city, miles from home, Terri is here .. mopping, dusting, vacuuming, disinfecting, laundering, and scrubbing.

Terri was a love-gift from my husband.

My husband was a love-gift from God.

My husband understands my flaws and my limits. His love for me encompasses my weaknesses, and strengthens them. He encouraged me to hire a housekeeper, and we are both happier. I wouldn’t mind cleaning my own home, but when I drag my body in the door at night, I’m physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. I love my job and I love my employer, but the long commute and the longer days zap my energy.

Only once has a “Spouse of the Year” been honored at my company’s annual Christmas Party. My husband was that spouse. I am in charge of the party, and he ran errands for me, purchased gift certificates for my boss, and put up with my crazy hours and foul moods for weeks. The usual stuff. He is always the winner of my Spouse of the Year award.

Before I leave for work every morning, I pull my pre-packed lunch bag out of the refrigerator. Hubby says its no big deal to fix my lunch; he’s doing his anyway. When I return home at night, his second load of laundry is usually drying. More often than not, he makes our supper. He also does most of the grocery shopping, so he buys yummy easy-to-make dinners, or heat-and-eat frozen delicacies. Sandwiches are always an option, and some nights we just have cereal. He’s easy to please.

He is also eager to please. My husband is the most selfless person I know, although he’d probably disagree; he’s also humble. I vividly remember stealing into my friend Leigh’s house at midnight to whisk her away from her abusive husband while he was at work. She, her two children, and her cat spent the next few months as members of our household. Hubby doesn’t even like cats. Another year we shared our home for three months with a couple who were between house closings. Many friends in dire straits have been helped out of financial holes by my husband.

We have never been in a financial hole. God has blessed us. Hubby learned stewardship from his father and is a responsible caretaker of our earnings. He thinks of little things that add up. He won’t carry a balance on a credit card, preferring instead to withdraw from savings if necessary to pay it in full. When I asked him about it, he explained about interest paid and interest earned, and how it benefits us financially to pay it off. And not a month goes by without a deposit into that savings account. I was reared by frugal parents myself, and I’m no spendthrift, but I do need reining in once in a while. He is reason to my fancy.

I know my husband loves me; that goes without saying. But he does say it. Often. He also shows it. Hubby is not what you would call “romantic,” but he is thoughtful. The store has four rows of my brand of deodorant, but I can hardly ever find my favorite: Original Scent Solid. One day, hubby came home holding up a bag. “Honey, guess what I found?” He grinned, and pulled out .. “Original Scent Solid!”

I cheered, and thanked him.

“But wait.” He reached into the bag again. “I got you not one .. not two .. not three .. or even four .. but FIVE .. Original Scent Solids!”

Like I said, my husband is God’s love gift to me. I know I’ve done nothing to deserve such a mate, and I thank God every day for being so generous. I give God the glory for His gift; I’m sure He won’t mind my singing the praises of the one He chose.

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Amy Nicholson12/14/06
What a wonderful tribute! So nice to see a couple who appreciates each other. I too am blessed with a thoughtful husband. Praise the Lord for good marriages! Thank you for sharing your story.
Jan Ackerson 12/15/06
This is lovely! I was fully engaged all the way through, but I just grinned at the deodorant bit--such a sweet, charming touch!
william price12/19/06
So its your husband making it hard on the rest of us.lol. Can't let my wife read this one. He does laundry too? Excellent story. I loved it. Good job. God bless.
Rhonda Clark12/19/06
This is a wonderful, wonderful tribute to you man. At first, I was wondering if you were talking about my man. :) I wish I had written this.

I may send this to my hubby to let him know what I think of him.

Great & awesome job.
Joanne Sher 12/19/06
I love your voice, and all the wonderful details you give us throughout this. What a gem you have! (But I do believe I've told you that before!!)
Pat Guy 12/19/06
Yes! Wonderful voice and a nice easy flow to attribute of a powerful character of a man.

And it sounds typical that he would think of your favorite deodorant ... not once ... but five times!

Great job!
Betty Castleberry12/19/06
This is just wonderful! It is a lovely tribute to a very thoughtful spouse. The deodorant part was funny, but rang true with me. I have the same dilemma when I go looking for my original scent solid. ;0) Thank you for sharing your unsung hero with all of us.
Sandra Petersen 12/19/06
Beautifully worded parallels in the first three paragraphs! And what a glowing tribute.

Yes, I think he qualifies as an unsung hero.
Shari Armstrong 12/19/06
Praise God for wonderful hubbies (I know I'm thankful for mine!) Nicely told :)
Donna Powers 12/19/06
Wow! What a blessing to have such a wonderful hubby, and I loved your way of telling about him. This story was wonderful and heartwarming. Thanks for sharing it.
Amy Michelle Wiley 12/19/06
Wonderful tribute! I think I would have enjoyed it even more in a story format rather than essay, but that's just my own preferences. Great job!
Kathie Thomas12/21/06
Loved reading this - for a moment there I thought I was reading about my own hubby! But he doesn't need to make me lunch - I make his! I work at home.

So good to read about others who love and appreciate their spouses - not enough of that in this world!

Really enjoyed reading this.
Sara Harricharan 12/21/06
What a sweet tribute! I loved the end with the five deoderants... :)Good job!
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