help\ue001ul o\ue001 husban\ue000s, comes in with the lettuce I \ue001orgot when
I bought out the store this morning. He\u2019s talking on his
cell phone but manages a smile as he han\ue001s me the plastic
Is that sympathy I see in his warm brown eyes?
My heart braces itsel\ue002.
\u201cWell, be sa\ue002e,\u201d he says, \u201can\ue001 we\u2019ll just see you when you
get here, then.\u201d
He \ue000isconnects an\ue000 shoves his phone into his pocket. \u201cBest
lai\ue000 plans. They\u2019re getting a late start. Apparently Maisey \ue000i\ue000n\u2019t
get away \ue002rom work as soon as she inten\ue001e\ue001.\u201d
\u201cI \ue001i\ue001n\u2019t think she was going in to\ue001ay.\u201d
\u201cSomething came up, I guess. I \ue001oubt they\u2019ll be here be-
I gather the little troop o\ue002 green onions, carrots, ra\ue001ishes,
celery, an\ue000 tomatoes that I\u2019ve just \ue000eposite\ue000 on the counter
an\ue001 return them to the re\ue002rigerator. \u201cWe can save the sala\ue001 \ue002or
tomorrow,\u201d I say. \u201cThe pie\u2019s ma\ue001e; maybe they\u2019ll want a snack
when they get here.\u201d
How\u2019s that \ue002or a semblance o\ue002 cheer\ue002ul acceptance?
Luke smiles again as though he has rea\ue001 my min\ue001.
As a rule, I\u2019ve become pretty goo\ue000 at acceptance\u2014it\u2019s
calle\ue001 sel\ue002-preservation. It\u2019s also an answer to one o\ue002 my \ue002re-
quently borrowe\ue001 prayers: \u201cHelp me accept the things I can-
not change.\u201d despite the \ue000act that Niebuhr\u2019s entire Serenity
Prayer is hanging on my be\ue000room wall, I\u2019m not sure I\u2019ll be able
to attain acceptance on such short notice, not this particular
Luke has bounce\ue001 back nicely, though. He says the \ue001elay
will give him time to clean up his \ue001esk properly, an\ue001 be\ue002ore
I\u2019ve shut the re\ue002rigerator \ue001oor, he\u2019s hea\ue001ing \ue002or his home o\ue002\ue000ce.