I am not a bad person.
At least I really try not to be.
I recycle. I pay taxes. I don’t park in disabled parking spaces.
I do not belittle the beliefs of others.
I try to be kind and loving to all that I meet.
I resist urges to tell people what I think they need to hear, or tell them how horrible I think they have been.
Yet all of this has apparently gone unnoticed by ‘him’ upstairs.
It isn’t often I am approached by total strangers. When I do I try to be courteous even if I am in a rush and they are looking for donations.
On this occasion I was not in a rush. I was idly strolling through the street on my way to my favorite deli to pick up some scrummy bread and cheese for that days lunch. Suddenly a man appears.
“Do you believe?” he announces in more of a statement than a question
That was the moment. Then. I should have pretended I didn’t hear, carried on walking, ignored him and passed the moment by. But I didn’t. I replied.
“Sorry” I remark, a little bothered that this man has disrupted my daydream of fluffy clouds and the wondrous sights of Gloucester road I love so much, “what do you mean?”
Apparently this was all the ammunition he needed.
“YOU’RE GOING TO HELL” he proclaimed.
“I beg your pardon?” I retorted completely taken a-back, startled that this man, whom I had never met, had declared my fate for me in four simple words.
“YOU’RE GOING TO HELL FOR YOUR SINS” he repeated. “you are a sinner and god does not take well to sinners” was his final remark before he moved on to stranger-bash the next person.
Needless to say I was stunned. A complete stranger had condemned me. Apparently his direct line to God was so strong that it allowed him to pick out of a crowd those who had sinned and those who were damned.
I’m not saying I don’t believe. I’m not saying that those who do shouldn’t spread the joy. I am just saying that on a Saturday afternoon when I am enjoying a day all by myself in one of my favorite places I would prefer it if you kept your damnations to yourself. It kind of ruined my afternoon.
On another, lighter, note I made cookie-pops. They were tasty and work well for parties and giving as gifts!
Just take a double stuffed oreo
Microwave it for 10 seconds
Insert a lolly-pop stick dipped in melted chocolate
Refrigerate for 10 minutes then dip the oreo lolly in chocolate.
Place in the fridge or freezer for 30/10 minutes respectively and enjoy!
I love taking these to parties. Also add fun themed sprinkles just after dipping in chocolate! Yum-tastic!
and only a little bit of a sin!
Thank you Mommy’s Kitchen for this great idea and many others