Our Canada - - Funny Stuff - Louise Mc­gor­man, Ab­bots­ford, B.C.

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.”

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