An alarm clock, a wooden elephant, and mistaken identity

One morning my husband spent a futile few moments endeavoring to turn off the alarm clock. It was early and, bleary-eyed, he fumbled with what he thought was the clock. In fact, what he'd picked up was an ornamental wooden elephant that's kept by our bed. No wonder he was unsuccessful in his attempt to silence the ringing! I had to laugh.

This made me think of how, sometimes, we confuse the identity of two people. For instance, at a glance, we may believe we recognize a friend on the street. But closer inspection reveals that that person is not who we thought he or she was.

Unshaken faith
August 22, 1994

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