I only want payment for doing my task—
And wealth, fame, and beauty
Are all that I ask. Rebecca McCann ~Cheerful Cherub 1930
There you go. Rebecca McCann has clever answers for many of life’s problems. I agree with this one in Modesty.
In my senior year of High School, my mother and I worked at an Italian restaurant. She was a full-time waitress and I worked weekends as a water filler.
I don’t remember the official name of the restaurant but it was always busy and the food was always excellent. Italian food is known for its spice especially garlic and garlic makes people thirsty. Hence I needed to keep the water glasses full.
I tell this story because even after all these years that restaurant stands out in my memory as having the best deep dish lasagna ever. I like lasagna even if it isn’t the best deep dish lasagna in the world but I can wish.
My mother used to say ‘buy the best you can afford’. Going through life I’ve often bought generic most everything. I told my children ‘if it has anyone’s name on it except yours you can’t afford it’. Except of course our son ‘Levi’, he couldn’t afford Levis.
Buy the best you can afford is good advice. Not a brand name necessarily, but a quality brand name makes a difference. After buying generic I’ve found that the ‘good stuff’ is often the good stuff for a reason.
I don’t know what the difference always is, but in a seconds/discount store they are selling items that may have come off the assembly with a flaw. Not all of the items have the flaw, but enough do have flaws so they are sold at a discount for a reason.
An acquaintance of mine discovered a tear in the pocket of her expensive coat. She took the coat back to the store she had bought her coat from and complained. They took the coat, gave her a brand new coat, and shipped the one with a tear back to the main office.
There were no questions asked, no hassle on her part. Most stores are no longer that accommodating.
She paid for a quality product and also quality service and that is something that doesn’t usually come with second rate.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;
55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.