Doing My Laundry With Jimmy Carter

Today, Linda from my laundry room told me what she thought was wrong with America.

“I’m no expert,” she reminded me for the second time in the conversation, “but life used to be about what you did for other people. Now it’s just about what you own, and how much money you make.”

“You know, Linda,” I pointed out, dropping my quarters in the washer, “that’s what Jimmy Carter said when he was president in the 1970s.”

She stepped back a little, oddly startled, then thought about what I’d just said. Then her eyes brightened.

“Did he?” she asked, smiling slightly. “Jimmy Carter really said that?”

“He sure did,” I confirmed. “He said it on television. He addressed the entire nation to say just that.”

And suddenly Linda was standing up straighter than she had since we started talking just twenty minutes ago. She was right. She knew she was right.

“Well, I agree with Jimmy Carter.” She said assertively, her eyes fully smiling. “And good for him for saying so.”

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