Thursday, December 30, 2010

Observations, judgments, that sort of thing...

A friend of mine just sent me the following:
A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.

The next morning, while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside. "That laundry is not very clean," she said. "She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap."

Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, "Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this."

The husband said, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows."

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the window through which we look.
Of course, nobody hangs out wash anymore - at least in the United States. More's the pity.


  1. Anonymous5:02 AM

    This is wonderful Ellie. Boy, it really speaks volumes. Perhaps my New Year's promises should be to wash my windows....

  2. sara b.3:50 PM

    We have a "solar powered clothes dryer" that we use, weather permitting. :) Makes me happy to see the clothes out on the line, too.


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