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Topic: Conversation (face to face) (10/07/10)
TITLE: The Talk of a Lifetime
By Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom
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Abbey had a serious medical problem that left her in a great deal of pain. When Mylee was ready to move out on her own, she’d heard that Abbey needed someone to watch over her. Mylee had no doubt that God brought them together. They needed each other. Mylee had been searching for a home and Abbey had been praying for a friend.
Mylee stretched and yawned. She wanted to crawl into bed and fall asleep, but she knew Abbey needed her. The pain was becoming unbearable. Mylee shuddered when she heard the agony of Abbey’s screams.
Abbey’s husband and kids were home, but she hated when her kids heard her screams. Mylee paced back and forth in front of the bedroom door. She listened intently, but didn’t hear anyone coming. She didn’t know how anyone could sleep through the ruckus, but she was glad that they did.
Mylee took a deep breath, then pushed the door open and entered the sickroom. Abbey was sprawled out on the bed. Mylee carefully settled in next to her. She looked at Mylee and grumbled, “What, I was in the hospital for a week and nobody could even bother to put clean sheets on my bed?” Mylee just looked at her with her green eyes shooting sparks. “I know, Mylee, it’s not your job, but the kids could have managed to do it.”
Mylee shook her head and listened. “You’re so sweet to listen to my ranting.” Abbey gave Mylee a big hug. “I don’t know what I’d do if it weren’t for you. It must be hard on you when I go into the hospital.”
Mylee’s eyes flew wide open when she saw Abbey reach for the pill bottle. She raised her eyebrows and gave her the look. She growled, “Take it easy on the pain pills. You just took some not that long ago.”
Abbey pushed Mylee aside. “You don’t understand; it hurts so badly. I just want it to stop.” Abbey let the tears fall freely. Her whole body heaved with each sob.
Mylee wrapped herself around her dear friend. She could see the pain and fear in her eyes. She gently nudged the pill bottle from Abbey. “What, afraid you’ll be out on the streets if I die of an overdose?” As soon as the words were out of her mouth, Abbey wanted to reach out and grab them back. It was too late, though. She had gone overboard and hurt her friend’s feelings. “I’m sorry, that was a hateful thing to say. I didn’t mean it; I just feel like I’m nothing but a burden. Maybe it would be easier on everyone if I just drifted off to sleep and never woke up.”
Abbey sighed when Mylee turned her back to her. The words cut through her like a knife. Abbey picked up the pill bottle again. She carelessly fingered the cap, “Are you sure it wouldn’t be better for me to just take the whole bottle? You wouldn’t have to stand guard every time I have a flare-up. The kids wouldn’t have to see me all puffy and ugly. Mark is young enough to get remarried and live a normal life.”
Mylee turned around swiftly and batted the bottle across the room. She hissed, “Don’t ever think that again. God has big plans for you.”
Abbey shook her head. “Thank you, Mylee, you saved my life. I was letting pity pick apart my soul. The Devil works overtime when I’m at my lowest. I can’t leave my family the legacy of suicide. They would think I lied when I told them God will always give us the strength to endure any problem. Thanks for listening.”
Abbey bowed her head. “Dear Jesus, thank you for providing me my every need. If Mylee hadn’t knocked those pills out of my hand, I would have killed myself. Please forgive me. I know I still have work to do. Amen.”
Abbey scooped up Mylee and scratched her behind her ears. “I think the pain has subsided enough for both of us to get some rest.” Abbey flopped back onto the bed with Mylee on her stomach. After listening to Mylee purr, Abbey closed her eyes and fell asleep.
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