A Phone Call
Saying for the Day: First impressions aren't always correct.
Back to life in our first parsonage.
One afternoon after we had been in the parish for about a month and a half the phone rang.
I was watching a football game so it must have been Sunday afternoon.
I had me feet up and was feeling pretty good.
We had put out our first newsletter that week and I thought the whole process had gone well.
In fact life in the parish seemed pretty wonderful.
That’s when the phone rang.
A very angry lady began to swear at me as loudly as she could.
I had to hold the phone away from my ear.
In between calling me names she charged that I was working with the school superintendent to get her family.
Now I had only met the school superintendent once and I certainly was not plotting with him against her.
She slowed down enough for me to ask why she thought I was out to get her.
She read to me the birthday list from the newsletter which included her daughter’s birthday.
That reference convinced her I was out to get her.
I told her I hadn’t intended to offend her but she called me a liar and hung up.
Well that ruined my day.
Later I discovered that she had a history of mental problems but nobody had bothered to warn me.
She really wasn’t a bad lady. In fact we became friends of sorts. Her daughter was part of the debate team I coached the following year for the local high school.
Despite the problems at home the girl was a good student and a great debater.
News from Pigeon Falls– the little town in my garage where the trains may not run much longer and the end may be coming soon. – Tommy and the council met last night. Tommy announced that this was not the time for the town to be run by kids and that they had talked seven adults into taking their place. They had figured out how to do this. First one of the council members resigned. Then the remaining members picked someone to take his or her place until the next election. Eino agreed to take Billy’s place and Billy was the first one to resign. The five remaining then selected Eino and Tommy swore him in. Then the next resigned and the five , which now included Eino, selected the person to replace him. The process continued until all six of the council members were now adults. The only surprise in the selections was that one of the new council people was Nancy.
Then came Tommy’s turn to resign and to let them know who was willing to be Mayor. Tommy offered his resignation and announced that the next Mayor would be Mrs. Trumble. You could have heard a pin drop. But the six new council members elected or selected her to be the Mayor until the next general election. Somebody asked Tommy how he could allow Mrs. Trumble to be Mayor. He answered “ She was willing and nobody else was”.
Then Tommy announced he was going back to being a boy .
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Had a good day today. We almost finished the study. I think by Friday we will be done. Now I need a breathing treatment.