Weekly Smile : 23rd August


© irene waters 2016

I haven’t participated in Trent’s Weekly Smile for some time. Not that I haven’t smiled in that time but time just hasn’t been with me. I have to admit that world events haven’t made me want to smile but something in the local paper made me laugh out loud.

It was in a letter to the Editor. These are usually politically motivated whether on a local or national level. They vary from our inability as a whole to accept that climate change is happening to whether local roads should stick with roundabouts rather than traffic lights. People are usually passionate about their subject and it gives you a feel for how those that don’t feel the same way as yourself come by their reasoning.

This particular letter to the Editor was a Warning to make sure that you lock your doors. Apparently the letter writer’s wife, in the process of having a shower remembered that her blueberry muffins baking in the oven needed to be removed. Naked, she ran to the kitchen but before she could attend to the muffins she heard a knock on the door. Hearing the door opening and believing it to be the baker, who surprisingly made house deliveries, she popped into the pantry to hide. It was to her dismay not the baker but the electrician who had come to read the meter which even more unfortunately was located in the pantry. His shock was clearly seen on his face when entering the pantry he came face to face with the embarrassed woman.

“I was expecting the baker” she stammered. This statement seemed to make the meter reader flee, without carrying out the task he’d come to do.

Since the event the couple have been requested by their electricity supplier to take their custom elsewhere.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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14 Responses to Weekly Smile : 23rd August

  1. trentpmcd says:

    That is funny. I think it might be possible that it was good story, even if not 100% true, but still funny, and funnier that the paper printed it.

    Don’t forget to add the link because I most likely will when dot he recap tomorrow.

    Thanks for joining again 🙂

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    • Do you mean you don’t believe everything you read in the paper Trent? I’ve added the link. Cheers and lots of smiling Irene

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      • trentpmcd says:

        The biggest problem with the story is that I’ve read/heard it, or a variation of it, before. Now if it did happen, and life was imitating art, that would be even better! So many people send letters to the editor here (90% political) that they only print a few. I’m not sure if this would get by. But it might! The editor might just want a smile that day 😉

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      • Perhaps it is one of those urban myths. The published name in the paper amused me as well and I have been meaning to go to a telephone book to see if there is actually someone of that name. That would be a good clue I think. Perhaps the editor thought with the world events we could all do with a good laugh or perhaps she just wanted to see how many people read the letters. There is sure to be some comment on it this week.

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      • trentpmcd says:

        With all of the awful things, yeah, I think sometimes we need a laugh in the news, even if it is “fake news” 😉

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  2. Hilarious, and it made me laugh out loud!

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  3. A meter reader without a sense of humour, obviously!

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  5. Cute story! Worth a good LOL!

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