Sunday, January 22, 2012

"Let me offer you a bit of advice"

During rehearsal this morning, our choir director asked for volunteers to lead a few songs, both requiring solo efforts. Not wanting to seem as though I did not at least hear her request, I waited a moment then said, "No thank you."

A few folks apparently thought that was humorous and one took me aside just before our worship service began. Virginia, 87, a quarter inch shy of 5', looked me straight in the eye: "In 1952, I was given firm instruction from a fellow army nurse and I've never forgotten it. 'Keep your mouth shut, your bowels open, and never volunteer.'"

I can't say it's my new mantra, but there may be a smidgen of wisdom there.

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