My grandmother was a wonderful person. Like my grandfather, she was kind at every opportunity. She always dressed, kept her hair styled and her nails manicured. She was also an immaculate housekeeper who took great pride in the tidiness of her own. She was a shining example of “a place for everything and everything in its place”. Oh, how I was I was more like her!
For most of my childhood, she didn’t have a dishwasher. She had a beautiful old porcelain single sink and she used a “dish pan” to hold her warm soapy water. When she was finished doing the dishes she would store the dishpan in the oven, out of sight, in accordance with her neatness regimen.
Despite her best efforts she would occasionally forget that the dish pan was stored in the oven when she started it to preheat. She would get a gentle reminder when she smelled a little smoke and we’d all get a laugh out of the oddly shaped plastic figures that resulted.
My grandmother sent many dish pans to early retirement but no one ever got hurt.
Aalaya Walker of St. Petersburg, Florida, wasn’t so lucky last Monday when she used her friend’s oven to make frozen waffles. Unbeknownst to Walker, her friend had stored the magazine from his .45-caliber Glock 21 in his oven and it contained at least one bullet. The oven suddenly exploded and sprayed her with shrapnel from the shattered bullet.
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