Everything was going just fine until the lady asked, “What kind of ice cream did you want? I have vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, caramel ripple or blah, blah, blah.”
Lin didn’t hear anything after caramel ripple. That’s what she wanted. Now I told her we were supposed to buy vanilla, but do you remember how tough I said she was? Needless to say, we left the store with the caramel ripple.
As we did not have a freezer Paul dropped Lin and I off at the farm and delivered the ice cream to Mrs. Singer.
We were so excited we could hardly wait for the afternoon to pass. True to his word, as soon as supper was over Paul announced he was going down to the store.
As Lin and I prepared to pile into the truck the unexpected happened. “I’m sorry but you don’t get to come this time.”
This had never happened before. No ice cream. It was unthinkable! “But..but you promised.”
And then Paul explained reality to us. By not doing what we agreed to do we had let him down, Mrs. Singer down and all her customers down. Caramel ripple might be a good ice cream but it wasn’t what she wanted and it really didn’t go all that well with blueberry pie.
Paul drove off and left us standing in the yard – shocked and brokenhearted. When he got back all he said was “you were right, it was good ice cream”.
Talk about cruel and unusual punishment. You know we never did get any of that ice cream. We found out Paul could be real tough when he wanted to. Now I don’t know about Lin but I learned some valuable lessons that day –
These are only a few examples of what I have learned from Uncle Paul.
There are many times in my adult life that I have benefited from his influence.
There is, however, one area that his patience, under-standing, thoughtfulness, kindness, tolerance and wisdom has helped me the most.
It has helped me raise my daughter to become the beautiful young lady that I am so proud of. That is a great gift he has given to me and it is priceless.
“Before you make a decision, form an opinion or make a judgment – look at it first from the other’s person point of view” and “If you agree to do something, do what you agreed to.”