I was already going to be late, and I knew it. Skimming through the house, I tried to piece together all my essential parts before running out the door: purse, phone, coffee...
And then I saw them. The dishes, stacked carefully in the sink, looking aged and forlorn, waiting patiently.
I glanced at the time, remembering I promised my husband I would clean them the night before.
I briefly argued with myself. Something about the priorities of being on time, or keeping my word to my husband.
Within moments, I set down my belongings and opened the dishwasher. He's my husband. My word to him matters more, I encouraged myself, as cups and plates landed in place along the racks.
It Will Cost You
I wish I could say I always choose my reputation with my husband over my reputation with others. But I don't. Too often I take him for granted, assuming I can keep my word or make a marriage-centered choice later.
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