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Topic: TRUST (07/21/16)
TITLE: Is That Good Enough
By Joy Bach
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"What did you do to make him leave? You just have to wait until he comes back."
How many years? I had already waited two with no signs of his return. The only job I could find was being an Avon lady. Possessing no people skills, that certainly wasn't working well. We had become one of those families on Welfare. I lived in shame.
One day my doorbell rang. I had no friends, so reluctantly opened the door. Imagine my surprise to see my brother standing there. He lived 500 miles away. Since he had married and moved away when I was four, I had no relationship with him.
"Gene, what are you doing here?"
My insides clinched at his words.
"I've got some things to say to you and I want to see the whites of your eyes while I say them."
Ignoring my offer to come in, he sat down on the front porch glider. I sat on the other end, as far away from him as I could get. He seemed angry. What had I ever done to him?
Then the grilling began. Question after question about my life, the way I was living it. Tears ran down my cheeks. He was relentless.
"I don't know what you want."
"When I hear what I came for I'll leave."
As the hours passed, I began to see a pattern in my answers.
"The church said so."
"Mother said so."
"What would people think?"
That was the creed I lived by. It was all I had ever known.
Then came a surprise question.
"Is that good enough?"
No one had ever asked me what I thought of my life. I didn't even know I had a right to an opinion. Terrified that God would strike me dead, I stuttered out my answer.
"No, I don't think so."
"What can you do about it?"
Thinking for myself was a totally new concept. I knew I needed to get away from this town. But could I really put my kids in a car and drive somewhere to start over?
His questions softened. My tears lessened. For the first time I began to have hope that our future could be different.
Understanding that I was now in a different frame of mind than when he arrived, he stood up.
"Where are you going?"
"Home. I got what I came for."
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