Lucky Mrs. Hen - Lucky Mrs. YOU!

When I was growing up there was a book in our church library that I loved to check out called Richard Scarry’s A Story A Day.  It had 365 short stories and poems, and my favorite one was Lucky Mrs. Hen (page 77). 

The story starts off with a dark rain storm.  Mrs. Hen decides to clean her house, while the neighbors just stare out the window and lament the rain, having wanted to work in the garden.  

But little Mrs. Hen put on her apron and cleaned her house.  When every corner was spick and span, she did her baking, clucking happily to herself.  Then she made doughnuts.  Just as she was sprinkling them with sugar, the rain stopped and pop! out came the sun!   
“Just in time,” clucked Mrs. Hen.  “I’ll wash windows.”  She did. And she cut her grass and planted her garden.  Then, since the day was so beautiful, she packed a picnic basket.

Then I remember she asked all of her neighbors to go on a picnic, but each one said that the bright sunshine made their homes look so dirty that they had to clean them after weeding, and they couldn’t just go gallivanting off any time they felt like it.  They sounded very snippy, but she didn’t notice.

The story ends…She waved good-by, and without a care in the world, she went off to have her picnic in the beautiful, sun-shiney, springtime woods.

Back then I couldn’t see that doing your work first thing instead of moping could later result in “being lucky” by freeing up your time to do what you wanted. 

“Of course I would clean my house if it rained,” I thought.  “I’d love to.”  (It’s pouring rain right now, and I’m not cleaning!)

Though today I can see the “lucky” wisdom of doing your work early and quickly every morning more than ever.  How long did I go without doing a basic morning routine because “I didn’t feel like it”?
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