Strength to Carry On
The next morning, Jed and Abbey were still laying in bed when 9:30 a.m. came along. They were both awake, and were both aware that the other was awake, but they weren't really talking.
Jed cautiously moved his arm tighter around his wife as he turned over to his side.
"You need to go back, don't you?" Abbey asked as she welcomed the tightened grip around her.
"I don't want to." Jed replied.
"But you have to, don't you?"
"I never told anyone I was leaving. Leo is probably running around like a chicken without a head, trying to find me. So yeah, I probably should go back. What about you?"
"I think I'm gonna stay up here for another day or two. I think the tranquility that this place is so rich with, is what I need right now." Abbey said as she heard Jed sigh. "What is it? You've had something on your mind since you got here yesterday, I know. I can tell."
"Yeah, I do."
"Want to share?" Abbey asked as she turned to face her husband.
Pulling her body into his, it was a few moments before he spoke. "Your doctor called again yesterday, after you left. He wants to talk about treatment."
"Okay." Abbey quietly replied.
"You're okay with this?"
"As long as I have you by my side, I think I will be okay with it, yeah."
"Well that's good, cause you're stuck with me." Jed smiled as he kissed her neck.
"That's one thing I don't mind being stuck with." Abbey took Jed's head in her hands. She then proceeded to ever so tenderly kiss him on the lips. ~~~ Friday came, and Abbey returned from her vacation.
No, it wasn't a vacation.
She did a lot of work, she was searching for something. For her courage. For the strength to carry on.
Did she find it? She was about to find out.
Jed and Abbey walked through the halls of the hospital. When they got to their destination point, Abbey hesitated to enter. As she stopped dead in her tracks, she began to shudder with fear.
Maybe she didn't find the strength to carry on.
Jed had begun to open the door when he realized what was happening. He slowly took the step over to Abbey and through his arms around her. "I'm here for you, babe. I'm here."
Jed's words soothed Abbey and in deed gave her the strength she needed to walk through that door in front of her, and enter into the doctor's office.
Was that really what that door was for?
Or was it a symbol?
Crossing the threshold of the door was a symbol. It solidified her newly found courage. Something she desperately needed as she listened to what the doctor on the other side was about to tell her.