Brett was the son of a pastor. He was a bible college graduate. He was working at the church as an assistant pastor and youth pastor. He worked a secular job during the week. He had a good reputation at the church.
Today was the day of the church picnic. Brett and his dad and other men in the church were grilling. Everyone was enjoying themselves. He looked around and he saw someone he did not recognize.
She was a young lady . she was in her early twenties. She was with amy. Amy was a college student. He did not recognize the young lady who was with her. The lady wore a pink and black skirt. She was barefoot. She had ling brownish hair that was braided into a poney tail.
He was curious about her. He was not sure why but he knew that he was. He kept griling. After a while, someone else took over. He could go over to see her. He was really nervous. He wanted to go see her.
He usualy not self conscious or nervous. This time he was. He tried to remain calm. It was not easy. He almost turn back. He really wanted to say hello. He decided not to turn back. He went over to her.
“Hi amy. ” bret said. “Hi bret. ” she said.”bret this is my friend jamie. Jamie this is brett washburn. He is the pastor’s son and assistant pastor. ” amy said.
“Do i have to call you pastor washburn? ” jamie asked. “Yes. You do!” he said in a jocking tone. Then he added that he was just kidding. She laughed.
“Are you a student at biblical university?” he asked. ” yes i am.” she said. “Do you like it there? ” he asked. “I do. ” she said. “I went to fundimental baptist university. ” he said. ” oh no our teams are football rivals. ” she said. ” not much of a rivalry sense our teams always win. ” he said. She laughed. ” i am not so sure about that?” she said. He chuckled.
Amy found it interesting that they had really hit it off. She was not expecting that. She was not expecting that she and him would take to eachother.
After a while they got some hamburgers and hotdogs and other food. They then sat down. Amy found that her monopoly with Jamie seemed to be at an end. She wondered if this would leed to something between them. She suspected that it would.
“So where did you grow up?” he asked.”i am from riverview. ” she said. “You are from a ways from b.u?” he asked. ” yea. It is a bit of a trek. I dont get home as much as i would like to. ” she said to him. “Why did you decide on b u?” she asked. “I go to belmont lake baptist church. ” she said.”pastor milles lindstrom. That explains it. ” he said. ” he highly recomended it. I am glad i went. ” she said. “I really liked f.b.u. i enjoyed my time there. I miss it. ” he said.
After the dinner, they threw away there trash. He noticed that she was barefoot the whole time. He never saw her shoes.
They talked most of the whole afternoon. Amy could not compete. She was ok with that. She would let them talk and get acquainted. Amy smilled. She wondered if she was witnessing the beginning of a relationships between the two.
“Look where are your shoes?” he asked. “I dont wear shoes. I go barefoot all the time. ” she said. “You dont wear shoes?” he asked. “No. I dont own shoes. It has four years sence i last owned a pair of shoes. ” she said.
“You dont own shoes. How can you not own shoes?” he asked. “I hate wearing shoes even flip flops. I found my shoes never stayed on. I decided why do i brother to have shoes. I got rid of them. I have never regreted it. ” she told him.
“Do they mind at school?” she asked. “No they dont. There was no policy that sated that students have to wear shoes. I talked it over with the faculty and they agreed to let me go barefoot. I work at a library over the sumer. They alow me to go barefoot. I love going barefoot. I love the feeling of it. No shoes ever. ” she said.
“Your never going to wear shoes again?” he asked. “No. Never. ” she said. ” i see. I am surprised. I did not know anyone went batefoot any more.” he said. “Yes i do. ” she said.
He was surprised. He liked her. It was not that odd he suposed.a wife that went barefoot was not that unusual.
Bret and Jamie continued to stay in touch . they communicated on the phone or though email and social media. She came to see him on several occasions staying with amy. They hung out most of those weekends. Of course she was barefoot.
He went to her graduation. She moved to the same town as her church. She became a member. She was quite active in the church. They began a courtship . after a time he proposed and she agreed.
They were marred at the church. She was barefoot of course. She was a traditional kind of wife. He became a pastor of a church not to far from his patents. She became pregnent with thete first child .she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. A couple years later she had a baby girl..they lived hapily ever after.