Women of the Night?

I spent thirty-nine years of my life as an educator. First as a teacher and later as a school administrator. While principal of an elementary school during the 1960’s I was fortunate to hire a retired ex-principal from Fulton County. She was a delightful person and an excellent teacher. Everyone loved her, children, parents, and fellow teachers. She taught in our system for about ten years and retired again. Some years later she passed away. Jean and Sara, two teachers who had taught with her in Fayette County, thought it appropriate to attend her funeral. Not knowing where the funeral would be, they called a principal at one of the schools who seemed to always keep up with the obituaries.

When Jean and Sara arrived at the funeral, they were surprised to find very few in attendance and only a few flowers. They were sure that someone so loving and with the broad experience in education as their friend should have more people at her funeral. However, the service had already begun and they were ushered to seats near the front of the sanctuary.

They soon realized that this was the funeral of a man who had not been faithful to his wife and who according to the preacher had not earned the right to heaven. Although they found themselves in a very solemn atmosphere, they were overcome with the humor of the situation. Trying to keep from laughing, they found it difficult not to shake the pew where they were seated.

Finally the service was over and as they left the church, they overheard someone ask, “Who were the ladies up front taking it so hard?” Wiping tears of laughter from their faces, Jean and Sara hurried to their car before meeting any of the family.