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I told you recently  about my “noble peach” mistake. It wasn’t my first public misspelling. My first was in high school. Our young and enthusiastic band director had a fresh idea for a fundraiser: a contest to see which high school boy would be named “Mr. Irresistible.”

The idea was simple. Volunteers would make lots of small slips of paper with the words Mr. Irresistible on them. Band members would sell them to girls for 10 cents a piece. Girls would  give them to the boys they found irresistible. The boy who collected the most slips would be named “Mr. Irresistible.”

I got the job of making a sign to advertise our contest. I had two qualifications: I liked to draw and my grandfather who owned a grocery store would give me enough butcher paper to make a sign.

Butcher paper is white paper used to wrap meat. When I helped my Uncle Ronnie in the butcher department of Boyd’s Market, I put meat on foam trays, wrapped it in plastic, and heat sealed it in a way very similar to how meat is packaged in grocery stores today. However, when special cuts were ordered, we had butcher paper to wrap up those.

Reading Terminal Market Harry G. Ochs Butcher Shop, Philadelphia
Butcher paper sits atop the left case in Harry G. Ochs Butcher Shop
Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
Photograph in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress,
Prints and Photographs Division.

I got about eight or ten feet of butcher paper and carefully drew large letters with the words:


I hung it across our high school’s much-traveled main hall. It was one of the English teachers who pointed out that I had misspelled irresistible. Oops!

In the busyness of your homeschooling, don’t forget to let your husband know that he is your Mr. Irresistible, and be sure that you build him up in the eyes of your children. You have a powerful role in helping them know how important he is in their lives and in helping them give him the respect he deserves. When children treat their parents with respect, everyone wins.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Honor your father and mother
(which is the first commandment with a promise),
so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.
Ephesians 6:1-3

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