This picture ought to raise a few questions. First of all, that’s my sister-in-law, Mary Smith, in the picture—so what’s that Canadian relative doing in Texas?
Next, why do I have such a fierce look on my face? I’d like to think I’m fairly mild-tempered. Why so stern with Mary?
But most of all, I’m thinking you might be wondering—what is she wearing?
Well, Canadian Mary came to Texas for a visit not long ago, and, as usual, after supper, she hopped up to do the dishes. We knew we would have to go to ridiculous lengths to keep her out of the dishpan, so I grabbed a mink apron and tied it on her.
Yes, I said a mink apron. And Mary couldn’t possibly risk soiling the apron, so we successfully kept her from doing the dishes that night.
Now to the biggest question of all: who in the world has a mink apron?
Well, that brings us to another unique individual, my daughter-in-law, Pamela Smith. Believe me, she is just as amazing and exceptional as a mink apron would suggest.
Last question. What does this have to do with the Ponderers? We’re writers. If we sent in a book with a character wearing a mink apron, most likely an agent or editor would tell us to take it out. Too unrealistic. Fiction has to be believable!
What about you? Have you ever seen a mink apron before? What would you think if you read about it in a book?