Today’s word is LESSON.
Not to be confused with lessen, to diminish, grow smaller, reduce.
There are always lessons to be learnt in life, and they don’t always occur in the classroom.
I learned a long time ago not to judge a book by its cover or a gift by its size and wrapping.
I remember at our Ladies Christmas party one year we played a game called Ten Green Bottles. Everyone had a raffle ticket, and should their number be drawn out of the hat, they got to pick a bottle. My friend (I say that loosely now as it was another lesson learned) was first out and opted for the biggest bottle.
This didn’t surprise me as for her size mattered as did volume. One Christmas morning we’d been witness to her manically stripping a pile of some twenty gifts of their wrappings, heedless of who they were from (she didn’t even look at the label) and complained when she had several tubs of chocolates or toiletry packs. We gave her a photograph of herself with one of my poems superimposed over it. She didn’t notice the picture and wasn’t impressed with my verse.
Mine was next, and I chose a small one, though not the smallest, as it was an interesting shape.
Imagine her disappointment when her prize was a bottle of vinegar, not the wine she was anticipating. Mine was a bottle of vanilla essence. I don’t remember them all, but some of the others were bubble bath, sauce, fruit squash, herbs, shampoo and washing up liquid.