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Topic: Learning for Life (08/23/04)
TITLE: No Matter What
By Margaret Reed
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Nicks eyes circled the refrigerator as everything threatened to topple onto Peggy. Nick thought, “Good, knock some sense into you”. He gasped, “What am I thinking, I must be going insane”. Heaviness fell on him as he forced a swallow. He took a deep breath and focused his eyes back to Peggy. For an instance she radiated the love they once shared. Nick’s longing soon was replaced with despair as frustration took over Peggy’s face.
As he went to her with arms stretched he said, “It’s okay, baby, everything’s going to be okay.”
Peggy turned and buried her head in his chest and cried.
It had not been easy on either of them. At times they even felt that maybe love wasn’t enough. After all it’s not real romantic to have soup and rice for dinner two weeks straight or peanut butter sandwiches with kool-aid. And no, love does not pay the electric bill. But they were committed to each other, and Peggy always thought that had to count for something.
Now as she fights back tears and sniffles she senses a distance in Nick. She drew back and looked up into his electric blue eyes.
With urgency she said, “Nicky, what’s wrong?”
He quickly answered, “Nothing, I’m just worried about you…that’s all.” Suddenly Nick felt a wave of guilt as he recalled hoping the flowerpot might fall on Peggy when she slammed the refrigerator door. He pulled Peggy close to him again and held her head to his chest.
With determination he stated, “Peggy, we can do this, everything is going to be okay, we have each other, no matter what, we can make it…together!”
Peggy sniffling lifted her head to look into his eyes again. Her bottom lip trembled as she reluctantly whispered “No matter what?”
Nick cupped his hands around her face and tenderly said, “Yes, NO MATTER WHAT!”
They got through the next few years. They had a baby or two along the way, they moved four times in a five-year period, from one apartment to the next trying to find an affordable place to raise their family. Each time they encountered a bump in the road, they clung to each other. ‘No Matter What!’ they would say. So on they went. Only the distance began to grow. Each time something bad happened they fought harder, worked harder, played harder to make it in the world.
It was moving day several years later. Peggy stood in the doorway as she watched Nick and a friend carry the big screen television up the walk. She became overwhelmed with a sense of emptiness, an emptiness she could no longer ignore. She watched Nick, struggling with the TV, cursing with every step. His strong jaws clenched and sweat dripping from his brow. His face filled with worry, it was more than Peggy could bare. How could they have gotten so off course?
She recalled the time she met Nick, at a church youth function. They both had accepted Christ even before they met. They had been very active in their church. It seemed somehow when they married and moved away; church and God were left behind.
Now as she watches her husband she knows in her gut what they must do. She just wasn’t sure what Nick might say. But she went to him and without hesitation he too, wanted to go back to church and find his faith again.