"Ha, Ha! Do you hear the running water splashing all over your floor in your laundry room while you stare out the open kitchen window listening to the birds?"
The woman runs to look and sure enough-water is running out the back of the hose, down the wall, and all over floor. She hears the washing machine laugh again. . .
"Ha! Now you have a washing machine half full of water and completely full of wet clothes! And you didn't want to have to do much today did you?"
The snickers from the machine grow louder.
"Yes, as a matter of fact, I do hear and see the water splashing everywhere. And yes, now I have a lot of wet clothes that are sitting in a possibly broken machine. And no, I didn't want to have to do much today. But! But, little ol' washing machine, you will not ruin my day. I will choose instead to tell you thank you."
"Thank you!" yells the washing machine. "I didn't want a 'thank you'. I wanted to ruin your day!"
"Oh, but you won't. I will thank you for providing the water for me to clean the really nasty floor I have discovered that you have been hiding behind you for so long. I will thank you for providing one more funny story that I can tuck back into my memory. And I will thank you for providing just another opportunity for me to work on my character, patience, and perseverence. Besides, I have a really pretty pink hydrangea that God made just for me to look at today."
"And so Mr. Washing Machine! You can just stop your laughing and hope that we don't have to throw you away. And now if you will excuse me, I need to also go clean up the cat throw up that is unfortunately tinged with blood that my cat just left me as a gift."
Ah! The simple pleasures. Sometimes it's just in how we look at things. I think I might take one last look at my hydrangea before I start the clean up and a possible trip to the vet.