Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: MARRIAGE (08/25/16)
TITLE: What Mae Said
By Jody Day
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“I’ll try, but you know I don’t have that mystical filter for what’s appropriate and what’s not. Besides, you love the fact that I’ll say what you are thinking, but would never say.” Mae sprayed her hair in place.
The two girls spent the afternoon in a tornado of activity in preparations for their Aunt Jo’s bridal shower. The whirlwind culminated that rainy Saturday evening when they gathered with their family and Aunt Jo’s friends. The girls didn’t know Aunt Jo very well. She’d been on the mission field since they were little.
“So, Aunt Jo, you must have kissed a hundred toads before you found your prince. I mean, what are you, forty?” Mae forked a piece of cake and stuck it in her mouth. The collective gasp around the table didn’t seem to faze her.
“Why, no, not exactly.” Aunt Jo bit her upper lip, then smiled and shrugged it off.
Karen kicked Mae’s shin under the table. “What?” Mae asked, her mouth full of cake.
Later Mae helped Aunt Jo record each gift. “So, you just held out until the right guy came along? Because there must not be much to choose from at your age.” Mae scribbled in the gift log.
“Actually, no. I followed Granny Sally’s advice about how to get a husband.” She carefully removed the bow from a nicely wrapped package. “When I was in my twenties, I complained to Granny that I couldn’t seem to find a man. The men I liked didn’t seem to like me, and the ones I didn’t like lined up at the door.”
Every twenty-something in the room, including Karen, nodded and leaned in a little closer. She could overlook Mae's filter flaw this time.
“Granny told me that God never intended for a woman to look for a husband. It's His intention that she be found. Well, I didn’t like the sound of that. Not putting myself out there seemed like a sure-fire way to remain single. So I asked her ‘What am I supposed to do?’”
“Granny asked me what kind of man I was looking for. I listed all the fabulous qualities that I wanted in a man; handsome, romantic, hardworking, passionate, fun-loving. I wanted a man with dreams and plans and a zest for life that made every day an adventure. I went on and on until she interrupted me with ‘Why should that man want you?’
I nearly took offense until she laughed and said, ‘I mean, what kind of woman would a man like that be looking for? Wouldn’t he want someone equally as hardworking, adventurous, and passionate about life? If that amazing man walked in the door right now, would you be the woman he was looking for? Just go out there and be the best woman you can be. Live to please the Lord and I promise that if it’s God’s will for you to be married, that superhero you want will show up and find you.’
Not long after that I felt the call to the mission field. I took Granny’s advice and threw myself into the work. On vacations I traveled and learned new things that would benefit my ministry. I learned to speak fluent Spanish, even became a translator. That opened so many doors of travel and new experiences. My life was so full and busy that I was quite surprised when love showed up. I’m glad that John and I didn’t meet until later, because everything I’ve done until this time has prepared me for the life we’ll now live together. I wouldn’t trade for all the experiences I had as a single woman.”
Just then the door bell rang. Karen rose to answer. “That’ll be John come to help load the gifts.”
“I’ll get it,” Mae said. “I’ve got to see this superhero.”
She let Aunt Jo’s fiancé in the door, and looked him over. She pulled him aside before they joined the party.
“You know, John, that hair plug treatment is not as expensive as it used to be. You might want to look into that before the wedding.”
John threw his head back and laughed. “You must be Mae.”
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