by Shoshanna Pearl Easling from No Greater Joy – Becoming His Kind of Woman
Editor’s note: Shoshanna Easling describes her parents, Michael and Debi Pearl, relationship as she was growing up. This type of theology/behavior is what led to her inability to chose a restaurant, or even in another story of hers the inability to pick out clothing without her husband’s input. This is extreme submission to a petty tyrant.
My Dad was not the type of guy to check with you before he made a decision. We would be driving down the road when all of a sudden he would pull in to a restaurant and say, “Let’s eat!” as he was getting out of the car. Everything was at full speed; there never seemed to be any hesitation in his decision-making process, and it never occurred to him to ask your opinion when he had already deduced in his mind that this was the best choice. When I think about my parents during my childhood, I laugh. I see Mom bouncing around Dad as this feisty bulldog personality, always full of heart and ready to start dancing. Dad, on the other hand, was cool, logical, and unmoved by others. She always had him listening to her and smiling at her, but in the end, his decision was made with biblical backing and fact-deducing logic. People would look at Dad and think, “How does his poor wife put up with him?” He did not ask; he told. He liked things one way and was not open to changing them. Mom knew that Dad’s unchanging decisions were not to lord over her; they were just a part of who he was.
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