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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Drip (04/25/13)

TITLE: More Than Just A Leaky Faucet
By Debora Dyess


Justin slammed the door behind him, shaking pictures on the wall.

Lindsey cringed as tears welled in her eyes. All shed wanted to do was get him to listen to her concerns about their budget. Shed come in from work exhausted and knew he was tired, too, but there never seemed to be any time to sit and talk anymore.

My timing was horrible, she thought as she went into the kitchen. Ive become a nag, she told the bowl of fruit on the table. I never thought Id be such a pain in the neck when I got married. She took a bite of an apple and chewed slowly. I bet Justin never thought Id be such a pain, either.

Drip, drip, drip

Lindsey glanced to where tiny droplets of water bounced off the bottom of the empty sink. That was another thing shed meant to mention to him. Mention was probably a mild word for what shed had in mind, she thought, watching the water ping off the stainless steel.

She walked to the refrigerator, pulled a carefully labeled freezer bag of chicken from inside and set it on the counter. Shed busy herself until Justin returned, she decided, and then they could talk more calmly.

Drip, drip, drip

Man, Lindsey said aloud, thats not bad for a few minutes, but it sure gets irritating after a while. She sighed. Now Im talking to myself. Great.

She continued working in the kitchen, putting away the few dishes shed hastily washed that morning before leaving for work and wiping down the cabinet that shed missed in her rush.

Her mother had always made the juggle of home and work look easier than it felt to Lindsey. Somehow shed even managed to throw car-pool mom and PTA president into the mix. Lindsey sighed. The thought of adding anything to her day freaked her out. It was all she could do to manage her and Justin.

Drip, drip, drip

Lindsey looked again at the faucet. Thats nothing but irritating! she said. Its like its like Her face fell. Its like me.

She thought of her precious time with Justin. Lately all shed been doing was bugging him about things that needed to be taken care of around the house. Shed felt overwhelmed and taken advantage of because of the hours of overtime hed taken on for the past few weeks. Theyd agreed to the extra hours at work to help pay off his student loan, but as the days of extra work for both of them wore on, it seemed to Lindsey like hed gotten the easier end of the deal.

Drip, drip, drip

Lord, Lindsey prayed, "I want to be more than just a leaky faucet to my husband. I want to be someone who blesses him and allows him to bless me, too. I want to be the woman that You made me to be, not a bitter nag. Life right now is hard, so please give me the strength to get through it as You want me to gracefully and graciously.

A voice came from behind her, and for a second Lindsey thought that maybe God was answering in a way that even she couldnt miss.

You are a blessing, Lindsey.

She spun to face Justin and hesitated before she stepped toward him. He closed the distance between them and pulled her into his arms.

I love you, they said together.

Im sorry Ive been nagging you, Lindsey buried her face in Justins shirt and breathed the scent of his cologne. The tension in her mind and body seemed to slip away.

Im sorry, too. Justin squeezed her lightly and then looked down at her. How about we talk about the budget over dinner. Ill cook. And then, he grinned, we can fix that faucet.

Lindsey grinned. "Deal."

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Joanne Sher 05/06/13
What a great analogy - and you expressed it very clearly and in an engaging manner. Enjoyed this very much!
Sunny Loomis 05/08/13
Very good story. Communication is important, with people as well as with God. Thank you.