Saturday, December 20, 2008

EMBARRASSING MOMENT NUMBER TWO--GIMMIE ME A BABY JESUS!

These are some of my favorite Christmas decorations. I think I am the only one in the family who adores these fellows. And how I got them is embarrassing, even now, all these years later.
Look at the lovely detail on Mr. Monty Dromedary. His dreamy eyes, his prickly topknot. He is regal if every any animal were. Don't mind the fact that he spits. The sheep are only interested in dinner. They've only been interested in dinner for years and years.

Okay, on to the story of my great insensitivity and even greater embarrassment:

Years and years ago when Kraut was age two we lived in Greensboro, North Carolina. I worked for a cosmetic company called Carté. One of my customers was a lovely Jewish woman a few years older than me.

One day she took me to her synagogue to show me her little "store." She was proud of the many beautiful things she had stocked. I fell in love with some of the handmade animals and people that had been made in Jerusalem. I bought two camels, two sheep, and a "barber." I thought he looked like a shepherd or maybe a camel driver.

"I want to buy more," I told her. She looked and looked for the catalog but couldn't find it.

"Just tell me what you want and when I find the catalog I'll give you a call."

"I want a baby Jesus and a Mary and Joseph," I said with sincere stupidity.

She didn't say anything. In fact she kind of hurried me out and I never heard from her again. I wonder why?

12 comments:

Pam's Place said...

Oh, Lynne, how long did it take you to figure out why you didn't hear from her again? that is soooo funny.

Michael Skorulski said...

A great story and some really nice pics, Lynne.

JJ said...

I like to look on events like this as lifes learning experiences, sounds so much better than callling them embarrassing moments

Cindy said...

Those figures are adorable. Just imagine a whole nativity set like that!! I think that was an understandable slip.

Tierney said...

These are truly some of the cutest "holiday" decorations ever, and I think your faux pas is one of the cutest ever as well. We should get Meghan to make you a little Jesus...

xo,

Tierney

hillary said...

Can I have those when you die? You know, when you die and have a funeral I am not speaking at. Remember? Please oh please don't die! yfc lyb

Colette Amelia said...

OK I got you beat...I had to ask Michael about the jewish beliefs...who knew they don't believe in baby Jesus and his parents?

Would it kill them to at least think about it and entertain the possibility?

Kellan said...

What a funny story - tee hee!

Have a wonderful Christmas - Kellan

whirligigdaisy said...

Funny. And the pieces you have are ADORABLE.

Teresa said...

That is too funny! Sounds like something I would say!

Shawn said...

Heh, heh... That was a good one!

Bonnie said...

This is such a funny story. I love it.