I want to tell you a story about my wife. You can accuse me of anything you like, and many people do, (OH MAN, but don’t they?) but my wife is one of the most honest people I ever met. We’ve been together 30 years and married for 28 years this month. I remember we’d been married a little while and she came to me crying because, and I can’t remember all the details because it was so trifling, but… I think she’d opened a credit card or something without telling me because she wanted to buy something. Then her conscience ate her up so she came to me to admit her “crime.” Suffice it to say that she is painfully honest. Fast forward to a few years ago.
A lady who lived here in our Christian community had taken a job housekeeping for this rich old lady named LINDA LAWS of Glen Cove, Texas. Her time with the old lady was miserable. She finally quit. Meanwhile, my daughter had gone to work for Linda’s horse person (whatever that’s called. The person that keeps her horses. Did I tell you she’s a spoiled rich lady?) When the Christian lady quit working for Linda because Linda was abusive to her, they contacted Danielle and asked if she could help Linda out. They said she was a sad old lady with no one to help her. I was against it, but Danielle, out of her Christian meekness and compassion, agreed to take the job. Fast forward again…
Regularly, almost daily, LINDA LAWS of Glen Cove, Texas would tell Danielle that the Christian lady who had quit because of abuse, had stolen her…. get this… her green measuring cup. What evidence did she have? It was missing. She insisted that the Christian woman she had abused must have stolen it. Must have. Must have. But that was not all… Almost daily she would tell Danielle that someone had stolen from her, anything she couldn’t find, and Danielle would help her search and of course they would find it. They even found the green measuring cup. But did LINDA LAWS of Glen Cove, Texas ever apologize? NOPE. She doubled down. You see, everything she couldn’t find because she’s a spoiled old person was actually stolen from her. Fast forward again…
Pretty regularly Danielle would come home upset or crying because of Linda’s abuse. I would tell her to quit, but, because of her Christian love and care, she would not. She said, “She needs me. I’m the only person she has.” But things got worse and worse. The abuse got worse. So, Danielle finally quit a few months ago. Well, guess what…
Danielle just got a letter from LINDA LAWS of Glen Cove, Texas, accusing her of…. drumroll please… stealing her scissors. She admits she has no reason to suspect Danielle. But they are missing, so Danielle stole them. (I know you’re thinking. She’s a senile old lady. Cut her some slack. I’ll deal with that at the end.)
I gave her 24 hours to retract her stupid, degrading, and insulting accusation. It took her two minutes to tell me to “butt out” and mind my own business. I’ll publisher her letter here so you can see it. Anyway… if anyone is interested in being a character witness for Danielle… please do. You can find LINDA LAWS of Glen Cove, Texas on Facebook. Or you could maybe email her: email@example.com and tell her what you think.
I’m a little pissed. Can you tell?
Hi, Danielle — I noticed after you left that the two dressmaking scissors that were in the top left drawer of the “old” bathroom dresser were missing. One belonged to my mother and one to her mother, my grandmother. I’d like to have them back, please. Since I have no one left of my Mother’s family except a couple of distant cousins, you can imagine that things that were my Mom’s and my Grandmother’s are very precious to me, and I treasure them.
I think the best way to handle this would be if you’d just put the scissors in a paper sack with my name on it and take them to the Thrift Store — just tell Nelda that you’re returning something you borrowed. If, as I fully expect, you say you don’t have them, I’d like to remind you of Commandments No’s. 8 and 10. If you return them I won’t need to say anything to Jennifer or to our mutual acquaintances — or even have to mention the few other items besides the scissors that disappeared while you were cleaning house for me. I know there’s no proof that you took them, but in the case of the scissors, I would look in the drawer every so often to make sure they were still there, and since you left I’ve checked every other place in the house I could think of, and they’re just gone. Of course you sew a lot and I’m sure you could really use them, but they could never evoke childhood memories of your mother and grandmother like they do for me. I could buy other scissors, but I can’t replace those memories.
I thought we had a better relationship than that, and am very disappointed that someone I trusted in my house has proven to be so un trustworthy — especially someone who professes to be such a solid Christian.
Like the saying goes, “More in sorrow than in anger”,
I am your former friend and client, Linda firstname.lastname@example.org
*So you see, this is not a senile old lady. This is a lady who is threatening to slander an honest Christian woman who literally only worked for her (for less than minimum wage and with no tax or government reporting) out of charity and because Danielle has a big heart. I am a forgive and forget kind of guy. But the Bible demands that we defend the defenseless and the meek. I have an obligation to my wife, and this will not stand. I assure you. Thank you for your support.