ALL IN THE FAMILY
When Susie was growing up, her relatives often gathered at her parents’ home for a family supper. The large gathering would spread throughout the house, as everyone caught up on the latest family events. One woman, however, seldom joined the others, but instead spent her time in the kitchen, tidying up and washing dishes.
After Susie grew up and went to college, she still came home for these gatherings. On one visit, her mother handed her a glass of wine and said, “Here, take this to Aunt Ethel.”
“Aunt Ethel? Who is Aunt Ethel?” Susie asked.
Her mother gestured to a woman sitting across the room.
“That’s Aunt Ethel?” Susie asked incredulously. “I always thought she was a woman you hired to do the dishes.”