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It happened so fast. It came from nowhere. It was so unexpected, and so very unlike me…

We’d arrived at the hotel after Todd drove ten hours to Lafayette, Indiana to discover the restaurant was closed. So we went out and found a Chipotle and Fresh Thyme to buy a few provisions. We got back to the room and he went back down to the car to get a hamburger out of the cooler for Fannie’s supper.

All I heard when he returned to the room was, “Everything is all wet…”

“Oh, no. You didn’t tie the bags before you poured the ice in?!”

He stood there calmly. “No.”

“You didn’t tie the bags…?”

“No. Why would I tie the bags?”

“To keep the food dry! Do you have any idea how long it took me to organize all that food? I knew I should have told you to tie the bags before you put the ice in!”

“Well, why didn’t you tie them then?”

“In case we wanted something. Why would I put everything in two drawstring bags if not to protect the food from the ice?!” I was really getting riled. Todd was getting miffed.

“Well, it’s all wet now.”

“Oh, honey!”

“Don’t ‘oh honey’ me.”

“You ruined all that food,” I said, suddenly feeling my age.

“Oh, no! The cucumber got wet!”

“What did you do with the bags?” I asked, exasperated, reaching for the car key in his pocket.

“I left one on top of the cooler.”

“Give me the car key.”

Really, do not ask me why I was fuming as I rode the elevator down. We had just spent an entire vacation without the slightest disagreement, and now? A meltdown over melted ice? Seriously, Deborah? Why do they have mirrors in elevators?

I poured the water out of the remaining bag, shook off the contents and reorganized the cooler. It really wasn’t that bad. But I couldn’t find the hamburger.

I rode the elevator back up, shaking my head, walked in our room and said I was sorry. Profusely. “But I couldn’t find the hamburger.“

“I found the hamburger. Fannie already ate it.”

“I thought you said you couldn’t find it.”

“No, I didn’t.”

“Then why did I go all the way down there?”

“To dry off the cheese, apparently. You don’t want to eat cheese with a little water on the wrapper.”

“I can’t believe you didn’t tie the bags. I don’t know why I didn’t tell you to. I thought about it…”

Fannie was already asleep, sprawled out on the King.

This morning, it’s raining and cold. We stopped for gas outside of Chicago and Todd reminded me that I could listen to the 9:30 service on-line. Such a good husband. We sang along during worship. He has such a good voice.

“Come and magnify the Lord with me…Oh taste and see, that the Lord is good…” 🎶

“Those who look to Him are radiant; they’ll never be ashamed…” was read from Psalm 34. Believe me, I’m looking.

“Never ending praise…”

Never ending praise…such a good God. Such a good husband. “I love you, sweetheart.”

“I love you, too.” Where, oh where, would we be without grace?

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for coming along for the ride. ❤️

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