The Poster I Never Forgot

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I was about 21 years old when I first heard that some women purposely include a mismatched square when making a quilt as their way of acknowledging that only God can make something perfect. I assure you that I don’t have to add a mistake to the various things that I do on purpose. I make enough mistakes all by myself without trying to do so.

Last night when I looked for a poster to share with you today, I found this one from the Library of Congress. I didn’t find a meaning in it to pass along to you, but the simple fact that it is a poster advertising posters reminded me of a poster I made in high school.

Judi McCarty, our beloved band director who became a good friend to several of us, had a rather silly idea for a fund raiser. The band held a Mr. Irresistible contest. We made little slips of paper with the words Mr. Irresistible written on them and sold them to girls. The idea was that girls would purchase them and give them to boys. At the end of the contest, the boy with the most Mr. Irresistible slips would be named Mr. Irresistible.

Very silly, I know, but the contest was quite a hit. I don’t remember how much money it actually brought in, but it did make for an exciting day at school.

My job for the contest was to make a long sign to hang in the hall. I got butcher paper from the butcher department in Daddy Leland’s grocery store and hand lettered tall thick letters in different colors. My letters spelled the question:

Yep! I misspelled IRRESTIBLE in giant letters for all the school to see. I wish I could remember which teacher it was who pointed it out to me. Oh, well, you know what? I probably wouldn’t even remember that band fund raiser if I hadn’t misspelled irresistible.

Happy Saturday. I hope all of your mistakes are happy and memorable ones.

A joyful heart is good medicine,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22

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