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The Grace of Eve

I have made numerous mistakes throughout my life. Most people prefer to try and forget their mistakes, or move on. A few choose to do the hard part – recognizing the mistake and learning from it. I’ve learned many hard lessons this way.
My husband and I have been married for two years, and together much longer. It’s a common joke about how married people generally go through cycles of treating each other awfully or not recognizing what is before them. I have fallen into this category too many times. There is one instance in particular that is painfully clear in my memory.
It was a month after my husband had returned home from deployment. He was on paid leave – vacation – and was doing what any other person would be doing. Relaxing. I have a tendency to build problems in my mind and take it out on him, and this was no exception. It was a typical day with caring for our two children and other duties around the house. I had worked myself into a ranting frenzy and finally took it out on my husband. It was the standard, “You never do anything, you never help, and all you ever do is sit there.” Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I could see the hurt in his eyes and hear myself nagging like a vicious harpy, yet I couldn’t stop. He waited throughout my tirade with endless patience, and afterwards there was a thick silence between us. Instead of yelling, instead of confronting me, my husband walked away to control himself. Time passed, and eventually he returned. I was expecting a fight – I should have known better. My husband calmly explained all the small, various ways he had been helping me. All these small things that I had been overlooking, that I hadn’t even considered. He opened my eyes and made me realize that it is the small things in life that are important. It’s the small details, and the grace that you treat the ones you love with that matter.

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Posted on February 1st, 2014 by thinspell

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