I went back to hagerville. It had been a good day. I was not sure what would happen next. Both of us were prety much winging it. It was quute a day. Quite a day indeed!
Another week went by. I was busy with church activities. I was enjoying my work. I was enjoying doing the work of the lord.
I was in my office. It was my day off but i was catching up with some paper work. I wanted to do a couple of things and then i will take the rest of my day off.
I heard the door open. I was not sure who it was. I left my office. It was becky. “Hi there reverend becky. Your still hear! You did not melt!” i remarked. “Funny! Hey pastor wallice! ” she said. He laughed.
“I got you an ice cofee. Its mocha three creams two sugars! ” she saidni smiled. “Thank you. I appreciate that! ” i told her. “No problem! ” she said.
“What are you doing hear?” i asked. Using air qoates she said that she was in the neighborhood on bussiness.
“The truth is i wanted to see you.i thought this was your day off?” she commented. “It is. I Am a bit of a workaholic i guess. Are you in a rush to get back or can you hang out for a bit. I would love to give you a tour of the area. There is a park we can hang out in. ” he said.
“Sounds great! I would love it. ” she replied. “Awsome!” he said. The two left the church building. “My car or yours?” i asked. “I will ride in yours. You probably dont want to ride in a car with a united Methodist bumper sticker. ” she said. “Oh ok,we will go in myine then. ” i said. She smiled and said an exited ok.
They headed to the car. I got in the drivers seat and she got in the passengers side of the car. I started the car. The car headed out.
“So originaly we met in my house. Then in the town hall. Then we brought this building. It was an ice cream store and a dance studio.” he said. “That is quite a change!” he said. “Yes it is. ” he said
We came to my street. “This is my street. This is my house. I got some mony from my grand parents esate.i decided to buy land and the house. Its smal but nice. There is some land. We actualy had some services outside in the early days. There is room for a garden and kids could play in it. ” i said.
What was i doing.was i really hinting at domastic life? Aperently i was. “So. Did you buy the land with thoughts of being maried with kids?”she asked. “I considered it. “He said.
“Then you do want to married?” she asked. “I do. I am prety buisy . i have not had time to date. I dont feel comfortable dating someone at the church. I dont want to date a non christian. I would like a partner in the ministry. My house coud use a women touch. “He said
They went to a bridge. He showed her various sites. Then they went to the park. They sat at a table. “So do you want to be maried?” i asked her. “I do. I worry that i am just too dominering. I am woried most men would be intimidated by me. ” she said.
“I dont know,there are plenty of demure men in the united Methodist churches. I am sure you can find someone. ” he said. “Funy. You think anyone can put up with me? ” she said. “Your not so bad! “He said.
“You think i will find someone? ” she asked. “Yes i defiantly do. You will be a great wife and mom. ” i told her. “How can you be so sure?” she asked. “I just know. ” he said.
“I would like to find someone who is not afraid of me. Someone who can tame me perhaps. I dont know if he exist. Do you want a quiet damure wonen?” she asked.
“No not necessarily. I believe in male leaderahip but that does not meen my wife needs to be pasive or damure. I would never be arogent ebough to believe i have the answer. I believe a man is the leader. He should consult his wife. I will always vailure your insight and you.i meen my future wife whoever she may be. ” she said. “Oh ok”she said
“Do you want your husbend to be week and subservient? ” i asked. “No i actualy dont. I figure he probably will be. I would not mind a strong male as my husband. It would be difficult for both of us. I like leading,i wont say i dont. I would not mind being led. ” she told me.
“I see you as a strong leader. You seam to be a director an administrator but i dont find you intimidating. “He said.
“I am glad to hear that. You seam like a leader but not a dictator. You seam very competent. ” she said “thank you. ” he said.
“I hope that my futute husbend will vaulue me. Be patient with me. I will try to honor him . i would not want to undermine him..” she said.”things take time. There is always ajustment. ” he said.
“I gues there is. “He said. “We can learn in that adjustment. We can come closer though it. Well between you and your future husbend i meen. ” she said.
“So do you have any pets?” she asked.”a dog. A beigle named molly.you?” i asked. “I have a cat. Teeny. No jokes. ” she said. “Ok!” i said.
“So are you planing to be with this church for a while?” she asked. “I love it hear. This is my first church.i have been able to mold it and develop it. I would hate to leave. I would like to be for a while . even my whole pastoral life. I dont know if that is what the lord has in mind.i am open to either. If he moves me. I am perfectly fine with that. So in your church it is up to your superiors?” he asked. “Yes. I like this church.they seam to like me. ” she said.
” you could end up on the west coast?” he asked. “Possibly. I think i will be hear for a while. Would you miss me if i was gone?” she asked.”without a doubt! ” i told her.
“We dont have to worry about that for a while. ” she said. “Good! I am glad to hear it. ” he said.
They played volly ball fot a while. She beet him in thr first game. He beeat her the next. Then she won. “So do you grab a bite to eat?” i asked. “Yes this one on me ok? “She asked. “I dont know! ” he said. “We can both contribute to this relationship! I meen our friendship whatever this is. ” she said. “I really dont mind. ” he said.
” if i had planed this better, i would have made something. I make a meen chicken salid sandwitch. Next time can we do a picnic?” she asked. “That would be great. There will be a next time?” i asked. “Do you want there to be?” she asked. “I do.”i answered.
At dinner i asked her if she wanted kids. “I do. Mayby three. You?”she asked. “Four mayby. I am not sure. I defiantly want kids. “He said. “I think you would be a good farther. “He said.”im picturing you and your daughter. A mini you. You will make a really look momy.” he said. “I hope so. “She said.
“I have no doubtS.” i said. I pictured her and me hanging out with two kids. A boy and a girl. I liked that image. I looked at her and thought thats my future wife. She caught me. “What?” she said .i smiled.”nothing. I got lost in thought for a minute. “I said.she smiled and said ok.
I had steak and she had a vegiterian dish. We had desert.i paid and then we left the resturant. I then drove her to a spot outside of town where you can see most of hagervile. I parked. We got out.
“This is my favorate spot in town.i figured i would save it for the end of your tour” he said.he took her hand and helped her up. “It is a beautiful spot. I can see why itis your favorite. ” she said.
She took it all in. She looked around the town. “I am realy glad you came today. Its funy i had no plans for the day.never expected my day to go like this. ” i said.
“I like to shake things up. I am very unpredictable. Your life is never going to be the same now that you have met me. ” she told me.
“I can see that. I am ok with that. I will adjust. ” i said. She laughed. “I gues mt life will change as well. I like these changes. ” she said. “We are in for an adventure. Up,down and everything in between. “He said. “Sounds good! ” she said.
I felt like things had changed. Nothing was the same. I liked it.it was scary. It was frightening. It was promising as welll. I knew i had to deny my self.abandon my self intetest. That was hard. I could see things in me i did not like. I knew i would have to change. I knew i had to focus on changing myself. I had to work on conforming myself to the image of christ. That woukd not be easy but necessary.
“Well i should probably head back home. “She said. “I figured. I am so glad you came today. ” i told her. “I am glad i did too. I am going to miss you. ” she said. “I will miss you too. ” he said.
They drove back to the church. They got out. “Look will you call me when you get home. I will wory until i know your home.”i said.”i will!”she said. “Thanks. Have a safe trip home. “I told her.
I went back to my house. I did worry about her. Then i got the call.”hi hunnie i made ot back! “She said.”awsome. I am really glad. “I told her. “Look i wanted you to know that i had a good day. I know that becuase of sin there is no such thing as a perfect day but today was close.”she said.
“I know what you meen. I agree entirety. “I said. “I will talk to you soon. “She said.”you got it. Bye for now.”he said.
To be continued.