A clash of dates

FaithWriters.com Challenge 27/10/16 – Topic: CALENDAR  – 3rd place

“I was here first. You’ve no right to push me out!” The voice was shrill, rising as it spoke.

A deeper voice replied, slow and steady, “But I have the greater authority.”

“Just because his boss says he needs to go to the conference doesn’t mean you can cancel a date with his wife.”

“A date? There’s nothing romantic about a brass band contest. She should be grateful I’ve rescued her from that racket.”

“Well she’s not happy. This was a rare opportunity to spend time together away from work. Saturday is supposed to be their day off.”

“It’s no use complaining. He knew there would be weekend work when he took the role.”

“That’s not the point. I was here first, and now you come barging in. And he’ll be letting down the rest of the band.”

“Not my problem. They need another body for the exhibition stand. He has to go to the conference.”

“But it’s overnight. She’ll be alone again.”

“Can’t be helped!”

A third voice speaks, soft and low, “Dates, dates, I thought we agreed to keep things calm when discussing work-life balance.”

They become quieter. “Sorry Calendar.”

“Now, Work, tell me how long this conference runs for.”

“Saturday lunchtime to Sunday evening. But it will take 4 hours to get there, so he’ll need to leave in the morning.”

“Ok. And Life, when is his band on stage?”

“They need to be there at 9:30 and play at 10:45.”

“So, he’ll be free by 11:30.”

“I guess so. But they were going to stay all day, and get to meet some friends, until Work here muscled in.”

“That’s enough! Here’s a plan. They travel down to the contest, which is already part way to the conference. He plays with the band, they have lunch, we get her a lift home and he goes on to the conference for the evening session . Will that work?”

Life speaks first, rather hesitantly, “Well, I suppose there will be someone else travelling by car who could bring her home.”

“Good,” replies Calendar. “What do you think, work?”

“There are other people on the stand. And Sunday will be the busier day, so that’s when he’ll be most needed.”

“Excellent! That wasn’t so hard, was it? Anything else to sort out, or can we take a day off?”


About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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