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Topic: Control (01/30/06)
TITLE: "Mommy Break”
By Delores McCarter
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Deacon Jerry Myers was in the back of the church collecting bulletins when he noticed Connie was the only person left in church. As he walked up the aisle, he remembered that her husband was serving overseas and she was raising three small babies by herself. Her husband John left for Iraq six weeks ago but he had orders to serve over there for at least a year. Jerry cleared his throat to get Connieâ€™s attention. When she looked up at him, he noticed that she had been crying.
â€śConnie? What is the matter? Is John alright?â€ť He asked with concern.
â€śYes, he is doing fine, Deacon Myers.â€ť She sobbed.
â€śWell, what is the matter dear?â€ť He asked in a fatherly tone.
â€śIâ€™m just so tired.â€ť Connie wiped her face with a tissue from her handbag.
â€śIt is not easy raising small babies, especially without any help. Are you picking them up from the nursery?â€ť
â€śIâ€™ll walk over with you. My wife is running the nursery today and you should talk to her about what youâ€™re going through.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t want to burden her with my problems.â€ť
â€śConnie. We are here to support you, John and the kids. That is a pledge we made when you joined this church. You just need a little help and that is what we are here for.â€ť
Connie wiped her face again with the tissue and blew her nose.
â€śCome on. Letâ€™s go.â€ť He held out his hand to help her stand up.
The nursery was practically empty. The only babies left were Connieâ€™s three children. They were beautiful children, a set of twin boys, barely a year old and a three-month old girl. Trish Myers was sitting in a rocker holding Connieâ€™s youngest child, Emma Jean and the twins were sleeping peacefully in nearby cribs. Trish looked up and smiled at her husband and Connie as they entered the nursery.
â€śOh, Connie. These children are a blessing. We really enjoyed taking care of them.â€ť Trish said.
â€śThank you.â€ť Connie said as tears welled up in her eyes again.
Trish looked at Connie with compassion.
â€śSweetheart, itâ€™ll be ok. I promise. You just help with these babies.â€ť She placed her arm around Connieâ€™s shoulders.
â€śI feel guilty. Other people have real problems. I just need to get some rest.â€ť Connie admitted.
â€śYou could certainly use some help.â€ť Deacon Myers reassured her.
â€śI feel like I just cannot do it all. Iâ€™m not getting enough sleep and Iâ€™m tired all the time. I know that cannot be good for the children.â€ť She said wearily.
â€śWell, did you know that we just started a support group just for new mothers?â€ť Trish said as she stood up and adjusted Emma Jeanâ€™s blanket.
â€śNo.â€ť Connie replied.
â€śThe women meet several times a week for a few hours. Plus there is free child care.â€ť Trish informed her, placing Emma Jean into Connieâ€™s arms.
â€śThat sounds pretty cool.â€ť Connie responded.
â€śWe have a lot of new mothers so Pastor Clarke started the â€śMommy Breakâ€ť Ministry, where the college class volunteers to give new mothers a break from their daily routine. You can go shopping or take in a movie...â€ť
â€śHow about just taking a nap?â€ť Connie interrupted.
â€śThat is completely up to you.â€ť Trish laughed. â€śYou should stop by the support group tomorrow morning at 10:00 and weâ€™ll go over the program in detail.â€ť
â€śI didnâ€™t even know that this ministry existed.â€ť
â€śThatâ€™s probably why we had twice as many teenagers and only a handful of mothers attend. I see that I need to promote it a little more, but Iâ€™ve been a bit swamped.â€ť
â€śSounds like you need a mommy break too.â€ť
â€śYeah, but empty nesters donâ€™t qualify. Our children are grown.â€ť Trish said smiling.
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