Assessing blame is given a lot of importance in the world today. Whether it is a natural disaster, an accident, or ‘user error,’ we instantly put a great deal of effort into finding out who is responsible. All this reminds me of an incident that occurred several years ago.
Soon after I picked up my five year old from day care, I smelled a foul odor coming from somewhere inside the car.
I asked my little boy if he needed to use the bathroom and he denied having that need.
The aroma stayed with us throughout the ride home.
After supper I rushed him into his bath. I check his clothes thoroughly as I put them in the hamper. Nothing.
Even after I was assured my boy was squeaky clean, from time to time, I would get a whiff of . . . or was it my imagination?
I didn’t discover the source of the stench until the next morning when I dressed for work and noticed a small amount of ‘it’ on the bottom of my shoe.
The moral is: Before we complain about a stink, we should each check our own shoes.