Once upon a time, we were newlyweds living in a sketch area of town apartment.
The recipe on the box said to let the pizza dough rest somewhere warm for 5 minutes.
Well…the oven is warm, my 21-year-old self thought.
Nevermind that the dough was in a teal plastic dollar store bowl.
Hubby watched a Cincinnati Reds baseball game from the living room couch while I fumbled in our tiny kitchen.
I did not grow up cooking. My parents encouraged me to sit down or go play. The only cookies I remember baking were with my sister before she moved out when I was five. We ate sandwiches, and on Thursdays I ate White Castles for dinner. When a microwave moved into our home, I mastered frozen meals quickly.
[Hubby’s first clue of what he was dealing with was when I said I wanted to make him dinner one time while we were dating. He asked to come over to my parents’ house early, but I needed ten hours to prepare. He asked, “Are you sure cooking is all you’re doing today?”]
I saw the flames flash inside the oven.
I opened the stove door, choked on smoke, and smelled foul melting plastic.
Maybe his game was on commercial. Maybe the bases were loaded. I don’t know, but Hubby said no words. He stood, exited the apartment, broke glass in the hallway, carried the fire extinguisher to the kitchen, pointed the hose, put out the fire, opened a window, walked back to the couch to continue watching the beloved Reds.
Never a disgruntled word. Total calm. That’s my guy when I need him the most.
I treasure that memory. These days sometimes he can’t stand or get off the couch easily at all.
I remember when he could stand to kiss me or wisely begin cooking in the kitchen with me.
Our time has flown by too fast.
Tonight he mentioned the holidays stink this year. Um, yeah.
I am glad for his honesty out loud. We are on the same for-better-or-worse page.
I know there will be good times in unexpected ways because we will make the best of things.
Son-2 asked to put up a tree Friday so that’s what will happen. I did not dare say that that is the last thing I want to do. I know I’ll be glad once it is done. We can’t skip Christmas even if that sounds like a great idea.
So on this special edition Thanksgiving morning post, I wish you patience like Hubby demonstrated when faced with a really dumb kitchen fire. It’s worth it to show grace to others.
One day your kindness may be a memory someone cherishes about you.
Thank you for reading.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances….