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Nice Is a Matter of Perspective (standard:humor, 912 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Dec 03 2017Views/Reads: 405/210Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
To please God in everything I do is the great ambition of my life. I know that I cannot please God and other people at the same time.

Sitting in the living room the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and me
were enjoying some hot apple cider tea and listening to some Christmas 
music. The song came that referred to Santa's nice list and naughty 
list. I was not paying too much of attention, but somebody else in the 
room was. 

“Do you think you are on,” my wife said rather sarcastically, “Santa's
nice list or naughty list?” 

I always get trapped by such questions. I have been married long enough
to know that questions are not posed to get an answer, but rather to 
get someone in trouble, mainly me. 

I did not want to answer that question and I didn't know how to get away
from it. Suddenly the answer came to me. 

The telephone rang and I jumped up to answer it. It was some Robo call
trying to sell me something I did not want. I took advantage of the 
situation and carried on a one-way conversation, hoping someone would 
forget the question they had asked previously. 

Finally, I hung up the phone and resumed drinking my hot apple cider tea
in the living room. 

Then it came back again. “Well, are you on the nice list or the naughty

This only points out the difference between us. Nice is really a matter
of perspective. Some people think something is nice while other people 
think the same thing is naughty. 

For instance. My wife thinks eating too many apple fritters is very
naughty. I think you cannot eat too many apple fritters and it is 
really nice to eat one. Or two. Or three, or four. 

I cannot see what naughty has to do with eating an apple fritter. 

If eating an apple fritter puts me on Santa's naughty list, then I
gladly apply for that position. 

My problem is, looking at Santa and the dimensions of his waist, I do
not think he believes eating an apple fritter is naughty. I am not sure 
my wife considered that aspect. 

After all, everybody sets out cookies for Santa to eat when he brings
the presents. What is the difference between a cookie and an apple 

I think my wife will be surprised when at the Marriage Supper of the
Lamb in heaven there will be apple fritters for dessert. 

Then there is the idea of organizing your mess. 

According to the other resident in our home, organizing and cleaning up
after yourself is nice. If you do not do that, it is naughty. 

I sure would like to know who set those rules. I think if your mess is
comfortable and you are happy with it, it should be nice. 

If she thinks organizing her space is nice, then why can't she allow me
the same privilege to think that my messy space is also nice? 

It is all just a matter of perspective. 

Then it is Christmas time and people should be able to indulge in
certain activities that at another time may be naughty. 

One of my holiday indulgences is eating. 

A bunch of us gathered to have a Christmas dinner before the actual
Christmas holiday and we had a merry time. I was enjoying myself and 
indulging in the luxury of eating everything set before me. 

Someone was passing a pumpkin pie and asked if I wanted another piece of
pie. I've already had three pieces of pie, but this is the time of the 

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