Lessons from funny dear old folks of long ago
September 9, 2008 8:47am CST
Mama told me this story about my great grandmother (named Apoy) and great grandaunt (named Lydia). They were both newly married but they still stick to their daily schedule of going out together before dawn to walk to church. That time, it was the late 40's and in their hometown, "smagol" was a new trend. It is actually a new brand of sandals made of rubber. During one of their daily walks, Lydia heard someone following them, so she asked APoy if she noticed the same thing. They stopped and listened, but there was no sound of any footsteps. It was still dark so they could not see who's following them. SO they walked on, and heard the steps again. Lydia told Apoy to hurry, but as they walked fast, the person following them seemed to walk faster too, until they ran back to their house out of fear. Running out of breath, Apoy stopped and called Lydia to stop too. Then the footsteps stopped as well. There they realized it was their own footsteps (from the new sandals they were wearing) that they heard and were afraid of. They shared the story to the family when they got home. Until now, my mother likes to re-tell the story to us. It is a lesson on fear and wisdom. SOmetimes, what we are afraid of are just our own footsteps, or our own shadows. We need light to see the cause of our fears.
9 Sep 08
That's a very nice story and the way it ties in a life lesson is great also. I do not have funny stories with a message like this one but I did have a Great Aunt who was cooking a cake in my Grandmother's kitchen one day and then suddenly disappeared! She was elderly so we all ran around trying to find her and eventually there she was in the corner of the back garden. When we asked her what she was doing and why she had gone without telling anyone she said the the recipe for the batter she was making said to "Leave for ten minutes" so she did! lol. No life lesson here but it is a funny incident that I will always remember.