Generally speaking, schedules are good things. They provide a sense of order (a roadmap, if you will) to efficiency. In other words they help ensure that we are not at the post office while the plumber is knocking at our door. This has the potential of being a costly mistake and causes the washer to leak all over the floor for longer than necessary. It's never a good thing to slip to the end of a busy plumber's 'to do' list.
Too often, though, schedules get illogical and have to be altered. One day I realized that it would be illogical indeed to drive twenty miles past the town where a meeting was to be held, change my clothes, and then drive twenty miles back. The obvious solution was to stop at the home of a friend (the meeting was being held at her home anyway), change my clothes there, and stay on for the meeting.
Debbie and I go back a long way and we have had a lot of heart to heart talks. She knows me. She knows all about my self esteem issues.
The family's orange tiger cat was laying placidly on the bed in the guest room when I slipped in to change clothes. He continued to regard me calmly as I set my bag down and closed the door. All was well until the moment I began to undo the buttons on my shirt. At that, he made a beeline for the door and begged to be released.
'Great!' I exclaimed as I opened the door to let him out.. 'I start to disrobe and your cat becomes absolutely desperate to escape. Now that's great for my sense of self esteem, don't you think?'
Without missing a beat, Debbie quipped, 'Oh, it's not that. It's just that he's a Christian cat and he did it out of respect for you.'
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This lighthearted tale
created a burst of laughter inside my spirit. Animals can be
very funny. Well done!
Whoever said truth is
stranger than fiction,
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