FROM THE PULPIT: Be quick to listen, slow to speak

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 04:10 PM.

The Rev. Dr. Ian Chapman told this story:

My daughter was looking for a particular phonograph record and was calling several record shops trying to find it. She called what she thought was a record shop, but a local plumber answered.

Not realizing her mistake she asked, “Do you have 'Ten Little Toes and Fingers in Arkansas'?” The plumber paused for a moment, not knowing how to respond, and said, “No, but I have a wife and 10 children in Mississippi.”

My daughter asked, “Is that a record?” The plumber responded, “No, I don’t think so, but I’m sure it’s above average.”

Miscommunication.

It happens.

Sometimes, the results are humorous. Sometimes the results are painful.



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