Doug and I made the pilgrimige up the I-5 corridor to Seattle last night with our kids sleeping peacefully in the back of our rented minivan (okay, I swore I would never desire one of these, but they are really, really nice to have). Doug and I know this particular stretch of I-5 quite well. It is a trip we have taken together more times than I can count: we were living in Portland when we got engaged, and because our wedding was in Seattle, we spent many hours commuting back and forth to deal with this or that detail and decision. Driving on I-5 between Seattle and Portland at night also holds special memories for me as it was the setting for Doug’s unexpected profession of feelings for me many years ago (yes, I almost drove off the road).
There is an outlet mall about half-way between Portland and Seattle, and as we passed it I noticed a large billboard with Bob and Larry, the VeggieTales characters, proclaiming in giant letters: “80% OFF ALL THINGS CHRISTIAN” at the Christian Outlet Store.
That’s a pretty good deal. I have mistakingly been paying full-price for my compassion, perseverence, sacrifice and devotion.