Sunday, March 10, 2013

I Had It Coming!

One night when I was about ten,  it was my job to clean up the kitchen after supper. I was peeved with my big brother about something. So, I washed every dish and glass except his...which I left sitting on the table. Well, this would have been a serious offense in Daddy's eyes. If he even spotted some crumbs in the sink, he would thunder, "Karen, you need to come back and finish your job!" But for some reason that night, Daddy said NOTHING. Later, Larry came in and washed his own dishes. Hmmpff! Guess I showed him!

I went to the store with Mother and my little sister Mildred the next morning while Daddy and Larry mowed the lawn. When we turned in the driveway, I noticed that the whole acre lot was manicured, except for the yard from my bedroom window to the street.

Daddy escorted me to the lawnmower and graciously asked if I needed help cranking it. I found out finishing my dishwashing job would have been a lot easier than pushing a mower in the afternoon heat. Before long, Larry came out to give me a hand.

I couldn't help but think of Larry when I read this wise quote.

Real friends are those who,
when you've made a fool of yourself,
don't feel that you've done
a permanent job.
Erwin Randall

10 comments :

Denise said...

Lesson learned.

Jill said...

Your Daddy was a wise man.

Maple Lane said...

I love this post BUT........
I remember that it was ME who washed EVERY dish and CUT EVERY blade of grass!!! just kidding.

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful lesson your Daddy gave you there. A whole different way to look at things. I'll bet you were grateful to see Larry come to help you- xo Diana

Beth said...

You daddy was a wise man and you learned a very valuable lesson.

Terri D. said...

Your dad was a very wise man.

Glenda said...

LOVE the lessons in this story!!

Cathy said...

A cute story ~ :)

Lady Jane said...

Nice lesson learned. Larry was a good brother...

Daisy said...

Such a cute post, Karen. Some lessons are learned the hard way, unfortunately. Your Dad was indeed a wise man.

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