3.23.2007

Eating Humble Pie Served Fresh From Little Jerry's Kitchen


On Wednesday evening, as Amy and I drove into our apartment complex, we noticed a vacuum cleaner sitting beside the dumpster. Of course, I had no intentions of paying any more attention to the vacuum because I assumed that it was broken since it was next to the garbage. Yet, Amy had different plans. Our conversation went something like this:

Amy: Wow! Look at that nice vacuum cleaner.
Eric: It must not be that nice considering that someone threw it away.
Amy: I'm going to go see if it's broken.
Eric: Of course it is broken...it's next to the garbage.
Amy: I bet that I can fix it. It's probably just a broken belt or something.
Eric: Then, why would someone throw it out?
Amy: I don't know. Maybe they don't know how to change a belt.
Eric: You're not really going to go over there are you?
Amy: Yes.
Eric: Well, if you're going over there at least throw this trash in the garbage. That way people won't know what you're really doing. [Just in case you missed it, I am being quite prideful at this point]

So, Amy goes over to the vacuum, grabs it, and begins to take it to our apartment. At this point, I'm thinking, "I hope no one saw us take this vacuum from the dumpster...especially the person who put it out here."

Well, we go into the house and I take Alora into the back room to get her ready for bed. A few moments later, I heard the sound of a vacuum. So, I came into the living room and what did I see? Amy happily vacuuming the floor with the "broken" vacuum cleaner. She smiled at me and said, "I knew I could fix it." Jerry, if you're reading this, you taught her well. [In case you don't know, Jerry is Amy's dad, and he has the amazing gift of fixing broken things and making them work/look like new.] My wife truly is amazing. Doesn't Proverbs 31 say something about the excellent wife being able to save her family money by fixing stuff that seemed to be trash? Okay, I know it doesn't say that, but Amy is certainly excellent.
The thing that makes this story so great is the fact that our vacuum cleaner needed replacing. So, the Lord provided a "new" vacuum cleaner from a very unlikely source.

And in case you're wondering, the vacuum is a Eureka Altima SpinDuster Bagless Upright Vacuum and it retails at $129.99.

3 comments:

jon said...

lol

Daniel said...

That's terrific. .chuckle.

TIFF said...

OF COURSE ERIC!!! YOU DIDNT KNOW THAT MY SISTER IS NOT ONLY MY DADS DAUGHTER BUT ALSO MAGIC!!!*~LOL~*
SHES AMAZING I KNOW! I TAUGHT HER WELL!!! *~JK~* I LOVE YOU.
TIFF