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Navigating life's bumps with help from family



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January 14, 2009
The first gurgling sounds from the automatic coffee maker alerted me that the longest night in the recent Tanis household history was over. Finally, I had slept, but I had also already awakened.

The night had begun early—eight-thirty or so—when Mike had said, "Guess I might as well go to bed.''

That is unheard of. Usually I am the one who begins to nod off (Mike kids me that he can set the clock by it) very close to nine o'clock. He used to like to stay up for the 11 o'clock news. Compromising, we usually would make it through the 10 o'clock news and head to bed.

Last night, though, Mike was the one who couldn't hold out. He's pretty much been through the wringer—victim of a flu virus I had brought home two days earlier. My experience, though fairly violent at the onset, had been quick, perhaps because I had gotten a flu shot this year. His, however, had really taken its toll.

So, he had gone to bed. I'd opted to stay up and read. About 10:30 I had closed the book and decided just to camp out on the couch. I wasn't sure whether I could get that flu back, but I wasn't eager to take unnecessary risks.

Half an hour later Mike experienced some more symptoms, decided to stay up and watch a little TV. "I DO feel rested,'' he said. "I slept. I didn't think I would.''

We switched spots, then switched again around one. Sometime after that, I must have gotten a nice chunk of sleep, because next thing I knew, I was wondering about the time and got my answer when the coffee started.

Can you keep a good man down? Not easily, because he's off to work, hoping the worst is over, and leaving me to think about the fact that no matter how good life is, there are always little bumps in the road.

And that, folks, is, I think, why God put us in families, to make the bumps easier to navigate.

Castle Creek
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