This is another Hester story, sparked in my memory by news coverage of the US election.
I first wrote about Hester last year, in a thread entitled ? What?s the stupidest thing a JW ever said?? here:
Hester was responsible for the legendary ?Shoot the pipes? comment. Do you know, I still, from time to time, get e-mails and PM?s about that post from people who have just come across it for the first time.
Anyway, to recap, there was this sister in our congregation ? an Elder?s wife ? sister Hester K who was a great source of amusement and stories. Hester was really a lot of things ? she was domineering, pious, utterly loyal to the Watchtower, interfering, strict and righteous. But, what she was mostly, above all other things, was that she was RIGHT. She knew best, she knew more than anyone. She never let her complete, utter and obvious lack of knowledge on any subject act as a bar or hindrance. No matter was too small or trifling for Hester not to correct you on it . She ALWAYS knew best.
So, this one time, there was this young sister in our book study who had staying with her another girl, a daughter of some witnesses from the US, on holiday in England for a month. Both these girls had joined us for service this weekend.
After, we were drinking tea in Hester?s living room.
?So, Carol, what part of America are you from?? asked Hester.
?New York, originally, but last summer, our dad moved us all to Iowa?
?Oh, Carol, while you?re here, I can see we?ll have to teach you how to say these things using the English pronunciation?
?In England, Carol, we pronounce it: Ohio?
Hester had shot the pipes again.
Duncan (the one-post-a-month guy)