…So on Friday I had signed up to provide one of the side dishes that goes downtown with a group from our church that feeds the homeless. I was asked to make pinto beans. Nothing fancy…just four large cans of beans from Sams Club that I doctored up with a little garlic salt, pepper and cumin.
As I was cooking them, Tucker walks into the kitchen and says, “Yuck. What smells like poop?” Thank you Tucker…just what I wanted to hear about something I am cooking for other people to eat. (Reminded me of when Jackson said the EXACT SAME THING about a meal that I had made for a woman in my bible study group that was recovering from surgery…nice.)
Well, I continued cooking them…poured them into the disposable aluminum pans… put them in my van…and off we went to deliver them. When I got to my friend Robin’s house (she and her husband lead the ministry), I took the pans out and immediately realized that something had gone very wrong. There was a river of pinto beans on the middle seat of my van. The River continued down the side of the seat, under the seat and created some beautiful puddles all over the carpet….yuck! I had a roll of paper towels that I used to mop up what I could, but I knew that it was going to take a major cleaning job.
After I got home, we did our best to clean it up and Galen said he would give it a really good cleaning on Saturday. Well, he did his best, but when we went to get in the car Sunday morning, the smell was unbelievable (refer back to Tucker’s comment :). We knew that we would need to have the carpet cleaned professionally if we ever wanted to ride in the van again. So after church we took it in to have it cleaned and detailed. I am happy to say that 2 1/2 hours and $150 dollars later…we have a sparkly, clean van that smells lovely.
I think Galen put it best when he said…”It’s the high cost of ministry Jenn.” :)