I’ve recently come across some old writings that Hope did some 20 or 30 years ago. They are typed, so they aren’t quite as private as the things in her journals, but they are personal. They provide historical perspective and background on who Momma is and they give us insight into her life experiences. I’m going to be posting some of them on Mondays for a while. I hope you enjoy them!
Advice from Naomi
Years ago, when I was about to marry my faithmate and enter the life of a minister’s wife, my mother’s friend, Naomi, said to me, “Hope, in the ministry, you are bound to find yourself in situations where you will be called upon unexpectedly to say something. There will be times when you will be caught absolutely cold and you may even feel paralyzed. Well, in a situation like that, here is a little ice-breaker for you. You can rattle it off and while saying it, you can thing about what you really want to say.
We are retired now and I’ve never used it, but for some reason, it came to mind today and I thought, “Naomi, if I’m ever going to get any use out of your advice, I’d better hurry up and use it! So I’m recording it here in tribute to my mother’s friend:
When a maid of 17, with suitors, oooooh so many, is asked to meet a man, she says, WHO is he? Yea, WHO is he?
When a maid of 27, with suitors not so many, is asked to meet a man, she says, WHAT is he? … a.. just … WHAT is he?
When a maid of 37, with suitors HARDLY any, is asked to meet a man, she says, WHERE is he? OOOOH, where IS he?