Sunday, February 15, 2015

258 Quiz Answer

An easy one this week.  Pharaoh had commanded that all male Hebrew children born be drowned in the river Nile, but Moses' mother placed him in bulrushes by the riverbank, where the baby was discovered and adopted by Pharaoh's daughter.

(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "F" is for "foster parent")

The following content might remind you of a well-known story.  What’s the story?

Today I’d like to tell you about a little-known historical figure, Edna Schneiderwegen.

You think you have it tough; consider Edna’s position.  Her husband, who was rarely sober, went off one day and, in the grand tradition of so many other helpmeets, just didn’t come back.

She suddenly was a single mom, with a baby, Eustace, and almost no income.  She desperately tried to find a part-time job and her housework was left undone.  Neighbors, perhaps trying to be helpful, reported her situation to the DCF, the Department of Children and Families.

The DCF folks decided Eustace would be better off with a foster parent so they told Edna to get his things packed because they’d be picking him up on the following morning.

She was miserable.  She loved her child and would do almost anything to keep him with her.  Early the next morning, just at daybreak, she took the baby’s basket and placed Eustace in it.

It happened that a river flowed through that area a block or so from her house.  Along its banks there was a lot of vegetation – grass, bushes, etc. – so she placed the basket, Eustace ensconced within, on the bank of the river.  Luckily it promised to be a warm, fine day.

She had made up a story for the Department of Children: her formerly long-lost husband, a ne’er-do-well of the first order, had come during the night and had taken the baby.  She had no idea where he, or they, might now be.  She thought, a bit over-optimistically, that the DCF types would then give up and forget about it so she could go pick up Eustace and bring him home.

Coincidentally, and it was a huge coincidence, Fran Garner and a few friends were jogging along the path next to the lake that morning, as they did most mornings.  What was coincidental was that Mrs. Garner was the wife of the head of the DCF.  When she saw Eustace in the basket she was at first deeply moved at the thought that some desperate mother had been forced to place her offspring in such a place.

But then, when she saw what a cute little nipper the baby was, she thought that she’d talk her husband into allowing her to be a foster parent for the child.  Later she might even be able to adopt him.

Today, of course, we know that as our story evolved the little tyke grew up to be a strong, upstanding young man, and ultimately a great leader.

(The answer will be posted Saturday.)

38 comments:

naturgesetz said...

Sounds like baby Moses in the bullrushes, found by Pharaoh's daughter.

Berowne said...

Naturgesetz - woouldn't you know it? - is first with the right answer.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Moses

Berowne said...

Another correct answer from Eddie Bluelights.

Theresa Milstein said...

Sounds a little like the story of Moses to me!

Berowne said...

Theresa Milstein has just stepped up with the right answer.

Karen S. said...

The true story of Moses.

Roger Owen Green said...

Go down, Moses. Or Go Up, Moses!

Kathe W. said...

Has to be Moses in the bulrushes...

Berowne said...

Karen S, Roger Owen Green and Kathe W just blew in with the correct answer.

Maria said...

Ah you finally have an easy one, this sounds like the story of Moses.

Altonian said...

Quite simply - this is the story of Moses.

Berowne said...

Just received the correct answer from Maria and Altonian.

Bekkie Sanchez said...

the story of Moses? I never get these but this is classic!

Other Mary said...

Sounds like the story of Moses to me.

Berowne said...

Bekkie Sanchez and Other Mary are the latest with the right answer.

Old Egg said...

Moses in the bullrushes and pharoahs daughter

Reader Wil said...

Hi Berowne! Could it be the story of Moses placed in a papyrus basket ?
Wil

mrsnesbitt said...

Too difficult for me! But I said the same as Naturegesetz.
Thanks for your continued participation.
Denise ABC Team

Trubes said...

Hello Mr B, sounds like Moses,
he of the Ten Commandments,

Best wishes,
Di,

ABCW team.
PS If I get it wrong can I have another go ?
D.x

Berowne said...

Another correct answer from Old Egg, Reader Wil and Trubes.

Truedessa said...

For some reason the story of Moses comes to mind.

Hildred said...

Are we talking about Moses in the bullrushes?

The Blog of Bee said...

Moses being found on the Nile by the Pharaoh's daughter??

Berowne said...

Truedessa, Hildred and the Blog of Bee have provided us with the correct answer.

kaykuala said...

Likeness of the Moses story it would seem!

Hank

Jae Rose said...

All I can think of Moses in his basket floating down the river...will I ever get one of honest right Berowne? Thanks for the challenge

Sheilagh Lee said...

The story of Moses

Lmkazmierczak said...

Quite the trippy version of Moses I'd say♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/fiery-sunset/

Berowne said...

The right answer has just popped up from Sheilagh Lee, Jae Rose and kaykuala.

Leslie: said...

Um gee! Is Eustace "Moses"?

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Moses.

Berowne said...

Lmkazmierczak, Leslie and Su-sieee! Mac all have the correct answer.

sharplittlepencil.com said...

I'm thinking this is Miriam and her little boy Moses!

Jae Rose said...

Yay - I got one right - i used to hate those sunday mornings but obviously it paid off..thank you Berowne!

Berowne said...

That pencil may be little but it's sharp. Another right answer from Sharp Little Pencil.

Tess Kincaid said...

How about Moses in the bulrushes?

Berowne said...

Tess kincaid has just stepped up with another correct answer.

 
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