One day I was going through the drive-thru at Wendy’s. In front of me was a girl I’d went to school with. Her son was in the car with her. At the time I’d say he was about thirteen. Now, I know those of you who have, or have raised a teenager know what it’s like to try to order food, while you’ve got a kid yapping in your ear the whole time. It’s frustrating to say the least! I’m pretty sure, after what I saw happen in the drive-thru that day, this kid never opened his mouth again while his momma was ordering food.
I have to say, I’m so thankful I had already rolled my window down! Had this happened in today, with all the new technology, I might’ve been looking at my phone, and missed being a witness to something so incredibly funny! If I’d had a camera, this could’ve easily won first prize on America’s Funniest Videos! It went like this. Note: I took the liberty of spelling the words exactly as she sounded. You know, for dramatic effect.
Wendy’s employee- Welcome to Wendy’s! May I take your order? Mystery friend, in the sweetest voice ever, much like June Cleaver- Um yes. I’ll have two Thursdee spaceshulls and…. What happened next is a scene that will forever be etched in my mind! Apparently her son just would not shut up. I’m sure he was asking for a plethora of things. Mom, can I have a frosty? Make my fries large ok? Mom! I said I wanted Dr. Pepper! Apparently, she had listened to all she could stand, because she whirled around toward her son so fast that her hair flew out the window! The snarl on her face would’ve scared a rabid pit bull! With her right hand high in the air, she yelled SHUT! UP! She sounded very much like Regan from The Exorcist! Then, she slapped him right upside his head! I mean a teeth clacking, brain rattling SMACK! Then she turned back around to the speaker, switched back to that sweet, endearing voice, and finished her order with a smile on her face! ….And two small dranks. I mean y’all, she never missed a beat!
The scene was hilarious! I wish I could’ve seen the look on his face when she smacked him! I was way too focused on her! What amazed me was how quickly she went from sounding like June Cleaver, to Reagan from The Exorcist, then back to June Cleaver. (The movie Sybil comes to mind!) Don’t you know the person taking the order was either laughing hysterically, or horribly terrified. Being that my momma might’ve done the very same thing, I was laughing!
Haven’t we all done similar things? I know that I can be so hateful to a family member, then as soon as I walk into church, or wherever we’re going, I’m syrupy sweet. Hey! How are y’all? God bless you too honey! I wonder, if people had to live with me, would they even like me? If a stranger in Walmart crushed your heel with a buggy, you might be thinking horrible thoughts, like you stupid &$%#! watch what you’re doing! However, most likely you would say oh, honey, it’s ok! smile politely, and limp off. However, had it been a family member, would you have handled it so gracefully? I know I wouldn’t! Most likely I would’ve ripped them a three bedroom, two bath, double wide hiney hole!
What if we showed the same grace to our family that we would a stranger? Would it change the dynamics of your household? It would mine. I’m going to try to do that from now on! Trust me, it’s going to take lots of prayer, and possibly duck tape over my mouth to pull this off!
You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don’t be proud. Be gentle and patient. Put up with each other. Forgive the things you are holding against one another. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. And over all of those good things put on love. Love holds them all together perfectly as if they were one. Colossians 3:12-14