That time the Minister’s wife’s but caught fire


August 20, 2014 by theresiugoes

One of the strangest things about being married to Husbandsylv is that I have become the “Minister’s Wife”. It is such an awkward hat to wear.
I don’t feel like I fit the persona. I am neither funny enough, nor sociable enough, I don’t play piano, I don’t ask good questions, I talk too much, I always forget names and I laugh at awkward moments. I feel like an imposter, and whenever I’m introduced as “the minister’s wife”, I always anticipate the response, “WHAT?? YOU??” and wait for the ground to swallow me up.

Last week, Husbandsylv was officiating a funeral, and the family had specifically asked I attend. So I did.
I felt like a fish out of water. I cried, like I always do at funerals, even though I’d never met the deceased and she’d lived a whole and happy life. The funeral was ok, though, because I stood on the periphery and no one really cared about me.

But then I accompanied him to the wake in the family home. I sat down next to one lady, and we chat for a while. She was really lovely, but I could see on her face the awkwardness when she realised she was sitting next to the minister’s wife.

When it was time to say “goodbye” to the family, I was confident that I couldn’t make things any more awkward. But then I made the daughter of the deceased cry. And then when she came to hug me, I stepped back and planted my big fat but on one of candles burning on the table behind me.

It looked almost exactly like this.

While Husbandsylv fussed about me, and the lady was concerned I broke a family heirloom, I yelped “my bum is on fire!” And then proceeded to laugh hysterically as everyone turned to look at my big fat bum.
At least I stopped the lady from crying, right?

Despite my prayers that the ground would swallow me up, I still had to walk down the stairs and out the door while saying goodbye to other family members with some semblance of dignity.



8 thoughts on “That time the Minister’s wife’s but caught fire

  1. Margaret Thatcher says:

    Hang in there Sylvia, it is not always quite so difficult. Though there are times! Hope the fire got put out reasonably quickly and before any serious burns! The most important thing is to just be yourself despite what others think you should be. It is what God thinks that matters, after all.

    • wifesylv says:

      Thanks Margaret. I realise I’m still a newbie at this game, and I’m looking forward to grow more comfortable in who He’s made me.

  2. mummywifeme says:

    Lol!!! Oh my gosh! That sounds exactly like something I would do. I’m glad you were able to stop the daughter from crying though. I can imagine it wouldn’t be easy getting used to your new role. It will get easier over time.

  3. Oh that’s kind of awesome!
    Having met a lot of ministers wives, I don’t think it sounds like you’re doing anything wrong. Real and approachable is the best way to be I think. πŸ™‚

  4. Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Sorry, I know this is a serious topic, but that butt story is hilarious. πŸ™‚ I personally like minister’s wives who break the mold. God put you there, whether you’re the typical minister’s wife or not, so everybody had better just enjoy it! πŸ™‚

    • wifesylv says:

      Ohh what have we become if we can’t laugh at the serious stories? I’m enjoying it, and God is certainly growing me through the process πŸ™‚

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