Tuesday, March 07, 2006

THE SEAMSTRESS: A PARABLE

Wise words, as transmitted by Charlotte...

"One day, as a seamstress was sewing outside, her thimble fell into the river. When she cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, 'My dear child! Why are you crying?' The Seamstress explained that her thimble had fallen into the river and that she needed it to make a living, to support her husband. The Lord dipped his hand into the water and pulled out a golden thimble inlaid with pearls. 'Is this your thimble?' the Lord asked. The Seamstress replied, 'No.' The Lord again dipped his hand into the river, this time pulling up a silver thimble encrusted with sapphires. The Lord asked, 'Is this your thimble?' Again, the Seamstress replied, 'No.' The Lord reached down again and came up with a leather thimble. 'Is this your thimble?' asked the Lord. The Seamstress replied, 'Yes.' The Lord was pleased by the woman's honesty and gave her all three thimbles to keep. And the Seamstress went home very happy.

Some years later, the Seamstress was walking with her husband along the river bank. Her husband slipped and fell into the river, disappearing under the surface of the water. When she cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked her, 'My dear child! Why are you crying?' She replied, 'Oh Lord! My husband has fallen into the river!' The Lord went down into the water and came up with Mel Gibson. 'Is this your husband?' the Lord asked. 'Yes!' cried the Seamstress. The Lord was furious. 'You lied! That is an untruth!' To which the Seamstress replied, 'Oh, forgive me, Lord. It is a misundertanding. You see, if I had said no to Mel Gibson, you would have come up with Tom Cruise next. Then if I said no to him, you would have come up with my husband. Had I then said yes, you would have given me all three. Lord, I'm not in the best of health and would not be able to take care of all three husbands. That's why I said yes to Mel Gibson.'

The moral of this story is: Whenever a woman lies, it's for a good and honorable reason, and in the best interest of others. That's our story, and we're sticking to it."

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