"Be careful, Oopsy, you'll get your fur caught in the flywheel. Things that spin are dangerous, flywheels, potato diggers, augers, power take-offs - any kind of machinery, really. Once moving it's very hard if not impossible to stop and you can easily get caught in it and taken right along, no matter what."
"You really were a farmer."
"Mrs. Decadent Housewife"
"I have a question."
"Why is your name Decadent Housewife?"
"Uh huh - knew that question would come up some day...careful, don't get your fingers near that needle...well, a long time ago some men, wearing pointy hats were upset that I thought for myself."
"Yeah...supposedly wise men in leadership...look, Oopsy, just remember this. Just because someone believes in God and joins a church, doesn't mean they are to let others do their thinking for them, even men in authority. Listen to what they say. But always think for yourself. My children were being hurt, not in any really awful way, but being hurt just the same and it was ignored."
"Those big wolves?"
"Yeah - those big wolves."
"Yeah that's what I said too, hmmm."
"The pointy hats ignored what we said was happening and why we left their group and instead said I was very very bad for originally being hesitant to join their group and very very bad for leaving. And that's why I started calling myself Decadent Housewife. According to them, I was just a housewife and a very wicked one at that. Anyway, I'm sorry you have to learn these things when you are so little. Look. Let's go make some tea and I have a bit of fruit. We'll sit out under that maple and I'll read you a story and we'll watch and listen for birds. Would you like that?"
"Yes. Thank you."
Oopsy Bear has been visiting us here for a week now at Daily Decadent, away down in southern Ontario, Canada. As you can see she helped in the sewing room making something special for Roll Kuchen. And the rest of the time she was busy with me feeding wolves, baking buns and blueberry cheesecakes, having fun at Roll Kuchen's bridal shower and swinging in the hammock.
If you would like Oopsy to come visit in your home, leave a comment and by Wednesday we will draw names to see where in the world she travels to next. Oopsy's home and heart are in Queensland, Australia: http://caroline-thesimplethings.blogspot.com/
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