By GERALD HALLMARK
The folks from Chapman’s Healthcare Center called me this week and told me my sweet wife could come home in the next 30 days. I was glad to hear from them because I had started to wonder what had happened to her. I remembered she went into Chapman’s about six months ago but thought she was already out. As I now recall I visited her Christmas, and I believe Valentine’s Day; I may have even called couple of times. I guess that’s why it has been so quiet around the house lately. I asked them to call back when they had a specific date and I would have someone run by and pick her up. Right now May looks pretty tight on my calendar and I’m not sure I’ll have time to work that chore in but I promised them I get her one way or another. Is there a taxi service in Alexander City?
These past six months I have been living on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a bowl of cereal for variety. Every now and then someone would take pity on me and give me a bowl of soup, but by in large I have subsisted on the basics of life. It’ll be good to have her home so she can start cooking and cleaning again. It may take her a little longer with her walker, but she’ll get the hang of it soon enough and get back in the rhythm. I’ll settle for just a few simple course meals until she gets the system up and running. I’m a patient fellow and figure a week ought to have her back on schedule.
One thing I have to do is clean this house. Somewhere I know we own a washing machine and dishwasher, so I need to find them in all the clutter and load them up. It shouldn’t take more than a week to have all the clothes and dishes washed up if I work at it pretty consistently. I might even change the sheets on the bed. After all, have you ever noticed ladies are funny about six-month-old sheets still being on the bed? I wonder where the linens are kept. I know they aren’t in my hunting closet or in the basement with my tools so I can eliminate those areas. Oh well, I have 30 days to find the linen closet and change the sheets so there isn’t a big hurry.
There is always anticipation when someone is coming to see you. With my wife’s coming home I want everything to be just right for her so she will feel comfortable and safe. This weekend we celebrate Easter, and Christ said He would come back from the grave but no one was ready for that. It caught all the disciples by surprise. Their astonishment turned into gladness as they then understood the resurrection and what Christ’s death was about. He told them to get ready but they weren’t, were they?
Christ told us He is coming again and to be ready. Are we? As we rejoice this Easter, let’s also remember He is coming again and we want to have our house in order so He will be a welcomed guest. I have 30 days to prepare my house for my wife, how long have you waited to prepare your life for Christ and His return?
OK, I decided to call a lady who cleans houses and get her over here to help me. The problem is she won’t return my call. I guess after she was here a few months ago she felt it was a lost cause. You just wait, this house will look great when my bride comes home because I’ve hired two house cleaning services to work together to tackle the job together. Boy, I appreciate the heads up Chapman’s gave me about her return.
Dr. Gerald Hallmark is a retired minister living in Alexander City. His column appears here each Friday.