Missionary (Mis)Adventures - RoBob the Science Snob
Trek 2008 – Give ‘em Heaven
Missionary (Mis)Adventures – Robob the Science Snob
By Cheryle M. Touchton
The Pocket Full of Quarters Lady
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. Eph 5:25-29 NIV
When Bob and I do the marriage retreat “Snap Crackle Pop – The Secret to Marriage,” Bob plays a character called RoBob the Science Snob. Bob is a Roboticist, a Nuclear Engineer, and a Computer Scientist. If he hasn’t earned the right to be a science snob, I don’t know who has. The character RoBob the Science Snob is a geeky scientist who humorously explains some of the more “scientific” parts of marriage. When I see my RoBob “acting,” I’m not completely sure if he really is acting or if that is the real him. What I do know is that I don’t know anyone else who knows as much about everything as my RoBob.
RoBob is multi-talented. He edits my stories every night. He is my human GPS and finds me when the other GPS loses me. He listens to my whining and has memorized the words “poor baby.” He can talk me through fixing most things on Halleluiah, the computer, and me. He can find a Bible verse when I can’t. He is my grammar expert. He remembers where I store things in Halleluiah. God bless the man – he even laughs at my jokes.
These trips are hard on him. He has to do without his wife and dog. He insists on being part of the trip by helping when I’m in trouble. When I call him in one of my “pickles,” I often hear the words, “My blood pressure is rising again.” He frets when I’m lost because he imagines I’m going to get Halleluiah somewhere I can’t get out of. When my vehicle breaks down, the first thing he asks is, “Where are you? Are you off the road?”
I have the habit of verbalizing what I’m thinking and am notorious for saying, “Uh Oh” right in the middle of our phone conversations and then not saying anything else.
He says, “What…What…Cheryle, answer me!”
My “Uh Oh’s” are usually minor but not always. On one of these occasions, I asked, “Bob, if this is so nerve wracking for you, why do you encourage me to do this?”
He laughed. “Cheryle, I don’t encourage you. I support you. There is a big difference.”
I’m basically clumsy and stay covered in bruises when I travel. Yesterday, I caught my finger inside a hinge and have a blood blister the size of a pea on the tip of my pointer finger. I’ve injured myself this same way before.
In frustration, I called Bob to whine. “You’d think after all this time on the road, I’d be getting better at camping, but I don’t seem to be.”
Bob’s dry response-“You have to be getting better. You couldn’t get any worse.”
Cheryle M. Touchton is the Director of Pocket Full of Change Ministries. For more information or to schedule a speaker for an event, go to www.pocketfullofchange.org or call Gail Golden at 904 316-5462.
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