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The case of the missing frying pan and the bad attitude

The mysterious case of the missing fying pan and the bad attitude

The frying pan was dirty. Someone had made bacon and not washed out the frying pan after they finished cooking.
I was angry.
I was annoyed.
I was a fool.

A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
Proverbs 12:16

“Oh, why are they so insensitive. I can’t believe they didn’t wash out the pan.”

“Mom, just use the smaller pan.”

“Okay, I will. Now, where is it?”

The smaller frying pan wasn’t in the bottom drawer where the pans are kept. It wasn’t on the counter. It wasn’t in the sink.
I couldn’t find it.

And then I saw it.

The case of the missing frying pan

The smaller frying pan was in the oven. I had put it there.
It was dirty.
Really dirty.
I burned rice in it.

The rice smelled so bad, I quickly stuck it in the oven and closed the oven door. The frying pan had been in the oven for three  days.

I washed both pans. 

Those that spend their time looking for the faults in others, have no time to correct their own.


It is much easier to find fault with others, than to be faultless ourselves.
Samuel Richardson


It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.
Marcus Tullius Cicero


I really don’t have any time to correct my own faults.
And, it is so much easier to find fault in others, as Mr Richardson said.
Also,  Mr. Cicero really does understand the character qualities of a fool. Fools do find faults in others and forget their own. How to I know so much about being a fool?

I am one.

What about you? Are you a fool?

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Janelle

    Hah! Loved this, Pamela. I’ve been caught in my foolishness just like this, many times. Have a blessed, foolish-free day!

  • djts

    Oh, I hate being a fool. But I’m so good at it.

  • An ouchy one because we are all fools at one time or another. And the more we fight it, the bigger a fool we are. I speak from experience. Loved the post.

  • Robn Patrick

    God frequently uses this type of situation to teach me. I can not tell you how many times I have criticized someone (usually in my head) and within minutes I am hit with the proof of my own faults. Sometimes it gets a grrr out of me but occasionally it makes me laugh. Miss Snarky pants gets put in her place! Fortunately by a God who cares enough to instruct her to take note of her own ginormous plank before she tells her neighbor to schedule a splinter-ectomy stat!