An Ox and a Nose #1LinerWeds

My late mother-in-law was an angel on Earth. She could be feisty and fiery, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve never met anyone kinder or more courageous.

Every Sunday, as many of her children, their spouses, and their children would meet at her house for lunch and visiting. She always had masses of food and generally two or three pies she had made that morning. I’ve thought of those days often, in the years since she sickened and passed, but more so in these days of social isolation. This would have hurt her deeply.

What I’m thinking about today is what Mrs. Allen would say, if you said you had to go home after Sunday lunch and, say, do the laundry or mow the lawn. She would say:

Is your ox in the ditch?

She was a thoroughly Bible-read woman, and said no one was to work on Sunday, but Jesus said anyone whose ox was in the ditch on the Sabbath would pull him out. Now, any time I work on Sunday, I can hear her asking me if my ox is in the ditch.

With everyone making face masks against COVID-19, I think of her saying:

Every stitch you sew on Sunday, you have to take out in hell with your nose.

So let that be a lesson to you. If you have to make a mask on Sunday, do it in the ditch with the ox.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about someone in a ditch.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “An Ox and a Nose #1LinerWeds

  1. joey

    April 19, 2020 at 1:31pm

    It’s funny you mention your MIL re social isolation. I have thought the same about Aunt Barb. Of course, I’ve also thought maybe the virus took her, since Jackson County is a hot spot, but nonetheless, I’m glad she’s neither of them are stuck at home going mad from lack of peoples.

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      Marian Allen

      April 20, 2020 at 8:08am

      Yeah, this thing is super-tough on people who live alone AND thrive on human interaction. The cats run and hide when they see me coming because even reclusive li’l ol’ me will grab them and hug them like I’m playing Lennie in an off-off-Broadway production of OF MICE AND MEN.

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      • joey

        April 20, 2020 at 8:24pm

        Hehehee! I hug my kitties and my puppy every day. Only Cletus complains 😉

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