November 6 2012, 2:38 AM
In the early 1960s, the celebrated children's author Peggy Parrish introduced us to Amelia Bedelia, an overly literal housekeeper. Among other things, Amelia makes a sponge cake with real sponges, replants weeds when told to "weed the garden," and hits the road with a stick when she's told that the family is going to "hit the road" when leaving for a camping trip. My children squeal with laughter when they read about her comical adventures.
I often find myself laughing along with my children, until I think of the Amelia Bedelias I've met at work. Suddenly, the mistakes that people make while trying to perform their jobs aren't so funny...