Wednesday, December 11, 2019


Judy Rogers of Westerville, Ohio remembered from her childhood a very special Christmas. Her Dad had been laid off from his jobs months earlier. Nevertheless, he gave his wife a dishwasher for Christmas, but not the kind you think. But let Judy tell the story:

“Our old house had its original wiring and plumbing. Neither could handle a new appliance. In fact, there was no room in our tiny kitchen for anything new. Dad had not been able to make the mortgage payments for six months. Mom had had major surgery the previous spring and was not supposed to do any work that involved her arms. On that Christmas morning, there was no large box beneath the tree. No remodeling had occurred. No new plumbing had been installed. Instead, there was just a small note that appeared on a branch of our Christmas tree, in Dad’s handwriting. It said, ‘For one year I will wash all the dirty dishes in this household, every single one.’ And he did!”