Miss Bea, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been
married. She was much admired for her sweetness and kindness to all. The
pastor came to call on her one afternoon early in the spring,and she
welcomed him into her Victorian parlor. She invited him to have a seat
while she prepared a little tea.
As he sat facing her old pump organ, the young minister noticed a cut glass
bowl sitting on top of it, filled
with water. In the water floated, of all things, a condom.
Imagine his shock and surprise. Imagine his curiosity! Surely Miss Bea had
flipped or something...!
When she returned with tea and cookies, they began to chat. The pastor
tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange
floater, but soon it got the better of him, and he could resist no longer.
"Miss Bea," he said, "I wonder if you would tell me about this?" (pointing
to the bowl).
"Oh, yes," she replied, "isn't it wonderful? I was walking downtown last
fall and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to
put it on the organ, keep it wet, and it would prevent disease. And you
know... I haven't had a cold all winter."