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Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)
TITLE: This Too Shall Pass
By Brenda Pete
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I heard the sleet last night and when I got up this morning the electricity was out. It seemed like a cold winter day outside, and I couldn’t see how to get dressed. The only thing I could see was the battery operated clock on the radio telling me time was moving on. I don’t recall there being any candles in the house either. Maybe there is a flashlight around the house somewhere; but where, I don’t know. I stumbled around, searched and came up empty handed; nothing, no flashlight could be found. What was I supposed to do when it was still dark outside?
Okay, so it seems like I’m left with no choice but to get dressed in the dark. I told myself, I can do this. Finding clothes was no problem because there weren’t many to choose from. I opened the closet door and felt trying to remember the feel and texture of my clothes. It seemed like I was reaching for the right top and pants. Now, I just had to get my socks. There were several pairs to choose from, different colors and textures too. I opened the drawer and reached in; it felt like those were the right socks. So I put them on. I remembered where I had put my shoes the night before also. I took care of the face washing, brushing teeth, quick wash and ran a comb through my hair as best as I could. I was dressed and was ready to go.
I made my way through the house bumping into things here and there as I went. The dawn seemed like it just was beginning to break as I backed the car out of the driveway and headed to work. It was still dreary and gloomy by the time I arrived at the office. It was good to see that the electricity was on too as I walked into the office. I looked down at myself and realized that I could have matched my clothes a little better; but it was no big deal.
So, I strode to the bathroom to check myself before I began the workday. I looked down at my feet and saw peeking out from under my pants leg, mismatched socks. Lo and behold, they weren’t matching! I shook my head feeling embarrassed; then I looked down again and noticed one sock was purple and the other sock was yellow. I started to laugh and felt embarrassed at the same time. How was I going to handle this situation? Would my co-workers notice these mismatched socks and make a comment. Of all the things that could happen this morning, it had to be this.
I was still shaking my head when at that moment, I heard a voice saying softly, this too shall pass. I strained to see if I would hear it again and I did. The voice spoke softly and said again, this too shall pass. I was calmed by those words. My day could have started out much worse than that. Who knows, maybe this was the start of a new fad—mismatched socks! Or, is it one already?
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