Theresa Bixby, Pastor’s aunt and an amazing lady in her own right, hosted the session on Controlling Your Tongue: A Matter of Life and Death. One of her main points was that wives should use their words to encourage their husbands.
“You could compliment your husband and tell him how much you like the tie he matched with his shirt,” she suggested.
Mom leaned over to me and whispered. “No you can’t. Does Brett even own a tie?”
Which, of course, made me laugh.
Then, of course, Mom started laughing.
And there was little outburst of giggling around us.
Poor Mrs. Bixby, not knowing what was so funny, asked to be let in on the joke. Which, of course, made Mom and I blush down to our core and stifle our laughter, so she could continue.
Later, I apologized to Theresa, who laughed with me when I explained Brett owns exactly one tie – a tie that zips around his neck – and the only way to see it is if someone gets married or dies.
“Then I hope I see it a wedding,” she remarked dryly, causing me to start giggling all over again.