вЂњStiffed Starched Shirts Hanging on a ClotheslineвЂќ
As I traveled South today with my laptop and looking out my windows upon cotton fields and clotheslines among the decorations of October Pumpkins and the beginnings of Fall Wonders, I see clothes, laundry, personal items hanging outside of oneвЂ™s home on their clothesline.
My friend of the South and her family hanging out on a clothesline being peeved for the local folks to see.
Have you ever had a peeved friend but you donвЂ™t know why and they say they are not peeved? Their family and friends donвЂ™t know why and then you talk with others to ask why and try to find out why and they donвЂ™t know why.
Well then how do you know your friend is peeved? Why donвЂ™t you call and ask her?
How are you?
вЂњ IвЂ™M FINE! Just FINE!”
How is your husband?
How are your children?
вЂњThey are just fine! Great, everybody is fine. Yes, just fine!вЂќ
Then the peeved friend starts telling you all about the backyard fence clothesline secrets of the neighbors, the church people, the cousins and every other distant relative while saying; вЂњbut me and my little family are all just fine.вЂќ
And my mind whispers, вЂњStiffed Starched Shirts Hanging on a Clothesline.вЂќ
Peeved for P—ed Off! вЂњIвЂ™m FineвЂќ! вЂњStiff Starched Shirts hanging on a lineвЂќ. A word picture of mine for a friend that is peeved at the world but they are all just fine. Just Fine!
Dante (1265-1321) an Italian Poet wrote вЂњThe Divine ComedyвЂќ (1309-вЂ™20) an epic poem that describes his spiritual journey through Hell and Purgatory and finally to Paradise. In many ways this describes being peeved and other related issues in oneвЂ™s life while trying to find the perfect friend or the perfect day or the perfect family or the perfect lover or whatever one is on a journey for before they find perfect bliss in themselves and their perfect belief system.
Now I know some of us have seen this in person or a photo or painting while drawing up a memory in the heart of emotion. I assume the family of the home wears these clothes each and every day. Maybe even to work or church and if I go there and see them or even see one of them in the grocery store, I wonвЂ™t have to wonder are they wearing boxers or briefs? I know!!! I saw them hanging out on a clothesline just outside their home amidst and among the cotton fields back home.
My word picture tells me when the girl from the South is peeved she hangs her clothes out on the line for all too see. IвЂ™m not sure if the wind or sun or maybe the вЂњ day soapвЂќ products they use sometimes makes those nice white Sunday Shirts look stiff as a board hanging out on a line. When I see a stiff lipped friend begin to hang out the “IвЂ™m fine” on the line I know then and there this starched stiffed shirt will chafe the neck if worn to long.
I havenвЂ™t found anyone yet that can explain why we have вЂњstiff starched families hanging out on the clothesline.вЂќ I know that if they are living they must have something happening and if they are not living any longer on this earth then I believe something is really happening. So what is the use of hanging your family out on a clothesline for all to see? Show and Tell or Tell and Show what you want others to believe rather than just who they Be.
I wondered how could my peeved friend get off the clothesline, and I found a journey in my mind that just might bring the clothes all in. When a man wears a nice heavy starched shirt for the day and your eye focuses on the man and his shirt, you see his misery and give relief. You see his success and give rewards! You take joy in all he is and your journey for the day may just end in heavenly bliss.
Where are you today on your spiritual journey?
To hell? To Purgatory? Or have you found Paradise through being just who you are and knowing yourself and happy with just who you are and happy with those who wear the fabric of your family?