I am writing this retrospectively, things got busy!
Day 8 – finished clearing out the garage, well, one big card board box left and the single wardrobe occupying the middle zone – we were all pleased with our efforts; my Mum offered to buy us dinner – so that was chicken and chips again – the defrosting meat was put in the fridge 😉 I missed Costco so a quick supermarket shop picking up baguette & melon for the church munch and mingle the next day. The children asked but no, I haven’t told your father about taking up the hall carpet!
Day 9 – a bit of rain in the morning but we swung into the car park at church with 5 mins to go; inside the chapel was full of cooking smells!! It was testimony meeting – we have a conference next week – and we filed into one of the back pews in front of a couple of elderly sisters, overhearing their comments on the testimonies shared… who’s he?…I can’t hear what she’s saying… Then our youth class where as we began I noticed one of the class members looking behind me, focused on the wall; within seconds the other class members were looking and one said, is that a really big… SPIDER! I turned to be faced with a large, but slow moving spider. I leapt across the room but amid cries of ‘kill it’, I did rescue it after we got a large bowl by throwing it outside. Finally back home and I cooked – rice & chicken (yes, we love chicken), cheesy bread rolls, banana bread. Still nothing said about the hall carpet.
Day 10 – I track flight 652 during the day – my last check in places it north Africa having crossed the Sahara desert – 2 hours to touchdown. A trip to the music store, three books bought, flute-piano-piano, one on order; I resist buying the latest easy Disney and flute Les Miserables. Back home, I clean the kitchen floor; and all troops are mobilised into positive action. Children are starting to get nervous about Dad’s reaction to no carpet in the hall.
It’s raining, windy and cold, when my dear husband arrived back in town – I even turned the heating on for him! Entering the house, the carpet, it’s great is his response – and I exchanged knowing glances with our children.
I am grateful to have my dear husband back. The last week or so has been a great learning time for us all. From Doctrine and Covenants section 122:
If thou art called to pass through tribulation… and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son [my daughter], that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.