Thursday, January 12, 2017
The UN-proud story of how herbal tea humbled the whiny, ungrateful wife with high expectations she really shouldn't have had in the first place.
A tale of a wife...not me of course, a different person....I don't even know her. I just heard this story.
Once upon a time there was a wife who had an amazing husband.
They went out shopping together one Friday...Black Friday to be exact.
They brought their daughters and young son along.
The wife had to make a purchase at the mall...so while she made the purchase in one store,
the husband took their girls and young boy shopping. The husband bought his wife a Christmas gift.
It was from him and his daughters.
The wife had no idea at the time..not until they got home and the husband said he had packages
hidden in the back of their Suburban!
He told her that she was going to absolutely LOVE her gifts.
He said he decided to splurge this year and spend more than he usually does.
He said she has never gotten anything like it.
He said it was something she never owned before.
He even thought about giving it to her early because she would love to
have it during the holiday season.
The wife was quite excited and wondered and wondered and wondered what it could be!
She started building the gift up in her head...
when one has almost a month to think things over...thoughts can get kind of big!
She had been majorly hinting for this since 2004! Perhaps it was that?
Noooo....that store isn't at the mall.
She had been telling her husband she wanted new gold hoop earrings...maybe?
Hmmm...but what could be used during the holidays?
What could it BE?!?!?!
...she would have to wait.
Finally it was Christmas morning.
The wife was handed a large and somewhat heavy box.
She unwrapped the gift the children had carefully and sweetly wrapped for her.
It was..... a box filled with all sorts of loose leaf tea and a tea infuser and
small canisters to hold the tea.
Now the wife used to be an avid tea drinker...but it's been a while.
Like one cup a year for the past six years while.
She drinks a lot of iced tea...but not really hot tea anymore.
She said Thank you very much to the kids and husband.
Later the wife found out the price of all the tea and
had a very ungrateful attitude about it.
She even went as far as letting her husband know he spent too much on...Tea!
She used very ungrateful words like...
"Why would you spend that amount of money on TEA???"
"Do you know how many things you could have bought with the money you spent on tea?"
After the wife had said these things...guilt immediately began to set in.
The wife is known to have a big mouth and much to often speaks before she thinks!
The wife continued to ponder how horrible she had acted.
It was a gift!!!
The husband chose it with his wife in mind!
He was excited to give it to her.
It was Christ's birthday and the wife was not happy with the money spent on a
gift given to her out of love?
What kind of person acts like that?!?
A selfish person!
An UN, UN, UNgrateful person!
....the guilt was consuming the wife.
She apologized a little over 2,000 times.
She couldn't even sleep that night because she felt so terrible!
Seriously...I heard she kept on waking up with a sick twisty feeling in her stomach
because she felt so bad. True story!
The husband didn't care as much as the wife thought though..he actually didn't care at all.
....in fact, he was getting upset at the amount of times his wife apologized.
However, two weeks went by and the wife still hadn't used her tea set.
She ensured the husband she was going to....she just hadn't made the time yet.
...he suggested how fun tea parties would be with their girls. Yes!
Two weeks later it was also the wife's birthday.
Guess what she received...a second tea set.
While the wife sat at the table thinking about receiving yet another tea set....
...the husband opened it up and made her a cup of tea.
It tasted really good! REALLY GOOD!!!
So good in fact, the wife has had many, many cups of tea in the past week.
She loves both of her little infusers and has made delicious iced tea in them at least twice a day!
The husband said she better pace herself because this tea will not
become a part of her weekly budget.
...and there you have it.
A story of a self-centered-over-expectant wife who in the end loved her gift.
Isn't it funny when we behave badly how badly we feel?
God has a way of convicting us and the Holy Spirit presses hard upon
our spirits when we are in the wrong.
Guilt is an awful feeling...and making others feel bad is an awful feeling.
I am so glad I am not the wife in this story!
...and I am so thankful I have a husband who forgives me if I am rude!
Not that I'm ever rude...but if I were to be rude I know he'd forgive me. ;)
HaPpY National Hot Tea Day to you.