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Harula’s GLADvent Calendar


December 21

If you were to gather all the clothes you have ever owned in all your life, you would have your autobiography. (Linda Grant)

Wow! What an interesting quote! And how true IS that. I know it sure would be for me because I lived through the Hippie days!

I read Harula’s post for today just as we were leaving to go out to dinner. I thought how in the world am I going to do a post about CLOTHES? CLOTHES you get for Christmas? I don’t ASK for CLOTHES for Christmas. Special CLOTHES you wear for, say, going out to dinner on Christmas Eve? Hm… Jeans and a t-shirt? What’s there to say about that. The truth is, I don’t really think CLOTHES can tell you much about a person at all. Heck, I used to watch the TV show “What Not To Wear” and could mimic their style with little trouble. But what you saw on the outside was NOT who I was on the inside.

downloadThen I had an interesting encounter at the restaurant. I was watching one of the cooks make these heavenly deviled eggs. She’d crack the shells, slip it off slick as snot on a door knob (as my old gaffer used to say), cut the egg in half, and scoop out the yoke to make the filling. I was impressed. I mean MY cooking is famous infamous, but I can’t do that! I cannot seem to boil eggs correctly so the shell just slips off. I end up peeling half the egg away with it. So, figuring she was a well-trained chef all decked out in a fancy apron and hat, off I went to ask her what her secret was.

1506-blog-why-quick-service-restaurants-need-to-cook-up-ways-to-engage-hispanicsI went up to the counter and said, “Excuse me.” She looked up and I asked her how she managed to boil all those eggs so perfectly (she had a HUGE bowl of eggs). She got this puzzled look on her face and then said, “No English…” She shrugged her shoulders and had a concerned look on her face. It occurred to me she may have thought I’d come up there to complain. I just pointed to the eggs and smiled saying, “Love those!” She visibly relaxed.

It was a great surprise to find she only spoke Spanish. And it made me realize how quickly I can form an opinion about someone, good or bad, just by the CLOTHES they wear. Now for all I know she could be a well-trained chef from Mexico! But I got the point I was supposed to get. Malcolm Muggeridge, a British journalist, author, media personality, and satirist, once said:

…every happening, great or small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us; and the art of life is to get the message.

So the moral/message of the evening was, don’t judge a person by what they’re wearing. Got a feeling it might be a miss more often than a hit…


Picture Source:
Stocking — Harula
Deviled Eggs — Epicurious
Chef — MDG Advertising