Back when my sister and I were regular pioneers in the late 80's, there were many things that caught my ear. I don't usually make an effort to remember them, but I did yesterday.
I was sitting at a red light yesterday. I happened to look to the right and I saw a middle aged black man washing the windows at the strip mall........
Ken and Debbie McCarthy were two Regular Pioneers in our congregation. They absolutely LOVED the life of denial they led as pioneers, and truth be told, back then it was not uncommon to aspire to be like them. Some examples:
They lived in a basement apartment that was about 500 square feet. The living room doubled as a bedroom, with a pull out sofa bed. My walk in closet is bigger than their kitchen. For this privilege, they paid $150 a month. (It would have been a great bargain for a college student!) This, along with the fact that they drove a late model sedan (perfect for FS--back when gas was cheap) meant that they really didn't have a lot of expenses.
It was not uncommon to see Debbie walking to the store for groceries and wheeling them home. (Kill two birds with one stone, exercise and shop!)
They were window washers, and they did this together. They had quite a cute relationship and never seemed to tire of each other's company.
One day I was complaining about my night gig--((my sister and I cleaned bathrooms at the Miller Bottling Company in Auburn NY. Elder Jim Smith had (has) a business called Pro-clean. He employed most of the pioneers and paid us around $8 an hour, if I remember. Always very fair with that. I just hated the work. Two gorgeous young 'sisters' in a factory with 90% red-blooded men was not a good mix. They were gross.))
Ken reminded me that we were practicing for the new system. Yes, it provided a fine witness to those who observed us that, truly, Jehovah loves a clean people. Ken absolutely LOVED a clean window. This was an extension of his ministry!!! and the worldly people looking on were receiving a fine witness! He was proud to serve Jehovah in this capacity. Also, he said, his talent would be in great demand in the New System.
At the time it sounded good. But yesterday when I saw the dude cleaning windows, my first thought was, what in the hell is a middle aged man doing washing windows? The answer? Clearly he isn't qualified for anything else.
I wonder if he thought he was also giving a fine witness, 18 years later?
Windex once a year'll do it Class