“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:6).
My friend Chet Griffin passed this on to me. My notes do not indicate whether he was the speaker, or this was something he was forwarding.
“When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast for dinner every now and then. I remember one night in particular when she had had a long hard day at work, then did the breakfast thing for us. Dad and I were seated at the table when she brought in plates of scrambled eggs, sausage patties, and some extremely burnt biscuits.”
“This was so unlike my mom.”
“I sat there waiting to see if Dad noticed or would say anything. Yet, all he did was to reach for his biscuits, smile at my mom, and ask how my day went at school. I don’t recall what I told him, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite!
“Later, I heard Mom apologize to Dad for burning the biscuits. I’ll never forget what he said.
“‘Honey, I love burned biscuits.’
“That night when I went in to kiss Daddy good night, I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, ‘Your mama put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired.’
“‘Besides,’ he said, ‘a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone.’”