In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.
John Churton Collins
Mom has a good friend with the same given name "Jean". They have been friends for many years now. Jean was actually the pastor's wife at the little church where I went to Sunday School as a child. Her husband was a school bus driver who pastored the small church where I was allowed to attend on Sundays and during the week even though my family were not Christian.
I loved that church. I loved going to Sunday School and learning scripture verses. I especially enjoyed Christmas and the re-enactment of the biblical story of Jesus' birth. Jean's son would faithfully arrive at our home several times each week to take my siblings and I to church services and functions. Once or twice a year, my mother would attend church too and "pretend" she was a Christian. We laugh about it years later when mom realized she wasn't fooling anyone but herself. Yet everyone was so gracious and loving toward her.