Miss Bea was in her
late 80's and much admired for her sweetness
and kindness to all. The pastor came to call on her one afternoon
early in the spring, and she welcomed him into her Victorian parlor. She
invited him to have a seat while she prepared a little tea.
As he sat facing her old pump organ, the minister noticed a
crystal glass bowl sitting on top of it filled with water. In the water
floated, of all things, a condom. Imagine his shock and surprise.
his curiosity: surely Miss Bea had flipped! But he certainly couldn't
mention the strange sight in her parlor.
When she returned with tea and cookies they began to chat. The
pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl and its
strange floater, but soon it got the best of him, and he could resist no
"Miss Bea," he said. "I wonder if you would tell me about
pointing to the bowl. "Oh, yes," she replied, "isn't it
I was walking down town last fall & found this little package. It
to put it on your organ and keep it wet, and it would prevent disease.
you know, I think it is working. I haven't had a cold all winter!"