Amelia Bedelias

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...

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