Now, before you jump to any hasty

conclusions . . .

Broomhilda is NOT a w____,

a uhhh ? ? .

. . nasty old lady.

While it is true that her Mondays

are spent boiling

her laundry in a large cast iron



She is NOT brewing up a sp____,

an  ahhhh ? ?

. . . ugly surprise for some unsuspecting neighbor.

She just has the cleanest laundry

in the neighborhood, that’s all !

Yes, she is often accompanied

by a small, blackish kitten;

called “Licorice”.

But, Licorice is NOT familiar

with anything

more ominous than a saucer of milk!


On Tuesdays, when Broomhilda

sweeps her cabin,

it’s true she uses a very stout


But Broomhilda’s broom can NOT

fl_, . . . er. ? ahhhh. .?

. . . clean by itself.

With her stout broom she carefully

dusts away every cobweb,

and shoos any creepy spiders back

to the woods

where they belong.

When she is finished,

her cabin is sunny and bright;

a right cheerful place to visit.


If her wardrobe is a little worn

around the edges,

it’s only due to her very frugal nature.

It demands she continue to wear

her perfectly good black velvet coat

even though it is now slightly

green with age.

Her hat, is more than a little

out of style, too.

Her neighbors sneer and call her

a “second-hand rose!”

But Broomhilda doesn’t seem to mind.

The money she’s saved by wearing

the old coat and hat

for several seasons past their prime

has allowed her to buy a pair of

brand new RED Tennys !!


Broomhilda’s new red shoes are

the most beautiful things she’s ever owned.

She wears them on Monday to wash,

on Tuesday to clean,

on Wednesday to market,

on Thursday to bake,

on Friday to garden,

on Saturday to visit her friends,

and on Sunday she wears them to church!!

Didn’t hardly expect that one.

. . !  Did you?

At church last week the preacher taught,

“Judge Not – lest ye also

be judged!”


aren’t you glad that just because it’s Halloween

you didn’t jump to any hasty conclusions

about my friend Broomhilda?

She’s really the sweetest

little old thing!

She just dropped by to wish you a safe and blessed 


story by Ellen Lebsock