Thursday, September 16, 2010

Stream

Through the window, I can see him. He's on the phone and he's annoyed...rightly. Much like I'd be in the same situation. Service depended upon, neglected. Ill-delivered. Cancelled without warning. So he talks. And he holds. And he is polite, even when the occasion for others would result in tone and talk unbecoming an adult.

On the patio, I cannot hear him, but I can watch...and admire. His reserve. His persistance. His conscience.

Still on the patio for time beyond what a service call should entail, the motion detecting lights halt. The dog, bored with the quiet and the lack of activity, goes inside to observe his master's resolve in nearer proximity---undoubtedly now recumbent upon his master's feet.

The movement of my head seems too insignificant to reactivate motion sensors. A glance upward, and from my now-pitch-black position, pinpricks of glowing red from the twins' east-facing window nightlight look foreshadowing of holidays ahead. A headtilt downward and siteline reveals my love still on the phone. Calm. Transfixed with purpose.

Will future Verizon users experience saved messages unprovokedly erased? Probably.

Will a Richmond wife always remember a cool, atypically mosquito-free September night admiring her husband's tenacity and unwillingness to accept the less-than-acceptable? Most assuredly.
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10 comments:

Mommy2Twinkies-Deb said...

Cheryl. This is great! I can imagine how much you enjoyed the mosquito free night. But I often look at my husband so admiringly. It's a "moment".

cat said...

Oh Cheryl, what a great post.

Double the Giggles said...

Wow, I'm amazed at how you've trascribed this situation so eloquently! We've all been through this scenario, that's for sure. Good for him for keeping his cool under frustrating circumstances, and good for you for appreciating 'the little things' that often go unnoticed.

Helene said...

Good for your hubby on keeping his cool!! My husband can manage to stay calm like that too in situations that would drive me to the brink of insanity.

Erin MacPherson said...

Hi Cheryl.... this is GORGEOUS writing!! AND, SERIOUSLY, I don't get how guys can stay sooooo calm when I just want to tear my hair out!! How do they do that?

Terra said...

Amazing, a simple night put into a glorious post, full of imagery, thought and kindness...I might not have been so patient with that service call, I think your post would have read a little different if I was on the on phone!!!

Consultants Vietnam said...

He is a little home disaster :)!

Barbara Manatee said...

what an impressive picture you've painted!

Rebecca said...

I couldn't do what he did! Thanks for capturing it!

Renata said...

Wow - he is so patient - I'm afraid I get rather impatient with all those kind of things (although I do try & be courteous).
Have a lovely day
Renata:)