She sat there, depleted
Chores, chores and more chores
No rest until everyone had
gone to bed. Too exhausted to
sleep, she collapsed on the sofa
eyes closed, ears alerted to the
stillness. When had her life
become so joyless and tiring?
It began when she had to care
of her mother who was suffering
from Parkinson’s until she had
no choice but to place her in a
Guilt plagued her, especially
when she saw her mother,
looking so frail in the wheel-
chair and her face brighten
whenever she visited. She spent
hours with her, talking to her,
reminiscing about the good old
times and reading to her. She
brought flowers to brighten her
room and did her laundry.
Her life consisted work,
church and the nursing
home. It was at the nursing
home where she met David, the
man she would fall in love with
David’s father, a widower had been
in the nursing home for a couple of
years. He too was confined to a
wheel chair but that didn’t dampen
his spirits. He was a very upbeat man.
He would sing hymns and read His
Bible every day. When he met her
mother, they became very good friends.
Two years later, David and she got
married in the chapel at the nursing
home so that their parents could be
there. The honeymoon was a two week
Mediterranean cruise. When they
came back, they bought a house
in the country.
A couple of months later, they had
twins. And that was when life as she
once knew it changed. She had a
family to take care of now and
they took precedence over
everything else. She had no
time for herself and was always
on the go.
By the time David got home, she
was frazzled and totally exhausted.
The twins had finally settled down
and she barely managed to wash her
face and fix herself before
she sat down to have dinner
with her husband, thankful
to have adult conversation.
Things had become a bit
strained between them
because she was too tired
to make love and most
nights he went to bed
before she did.
Now, she lay on the couch
trying to figure out how
she could change things
so that everyone got what
they wanted. She wanted a
break. She wanted to be
able to have some me time
and pamper herself with-
out feeling guilty about it.
Just then, David came into
the living -room, clad only
in his pajama pants. He looked
really good because he had been
working out. She felt desire stir
in her and she got up from the
Not saying a word, she put
her arms around his neck
and buried her face in his
chest. She felt him hold her
tightly and she closed her
They stood like that
for a long time and then,
he drew back to gaze down
at her. “I’m going to stay home
with the twins tomorrow while
you go and treat yourself to a
day at the spa.”
She stared at him, hardly
believing what she was hearing.
“A day at the spa?” she repeated.
He nodded. “Yes, Honey. I know
how challenging it has been for
you taking care of the kids, the
house and me. This is just my
way of saying thank you and
how much you are appreciated.”
Tears sprang to her eyes. And she
hugged him tightly. “Oh, David.
She drew back and taking his
hand, she said, “Let me thank
you properly,” she murmured
huskily before she led him
to the bedroom.
For once in her life she was
going to be pampered so
she planned to enjoy every
second of it. And the best
part, was she wouldn’t
feel guilty about it.