During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:
“What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”
Was this some kind of joke? I had seen the cleaning woman several
times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just
before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward
our quiz grade.
“Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will
meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention
and care, even if all you do is smile and say, ‘hello.’” I’ve never forgotten
Her name was Dorothy.
- via THE SOWER, a weekly publication of
the Arthur Church of Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister
and editor, may be contacted through the congregation's website: