Cathy noticed that there was a pot on the stove with some freshly brewed tea. Being thirsty and the ever-helpful daughter-in-law, she decided to go ahead and pick up where my mom had left off, so she finished mixing the tea.
My mother arrived at the house a few minutes later to find Cathy sitting on the couch enjoying a nice glass of ice tea. Mom walked into the kitchen and asked Cathy where she got the tea. Cathy explained how she had just finished what my mother started and made the tea. At that point, my mom asked her “so where did you put the sock?
See, Mom had started out trying to die an old white sock tan for a hand puppet for a school project. She had seen tea used many times as a child to turn things to white material to tan and figured that no one would mess with what she was doing.
Although Cathy had good intentions, she totally missed the mark. Cathy thought she knew what was required to finish the job, so she took over without really getting a good pass down. All of her efforts produced what she thought was the end goal, but had she missed the goal of the original project. As a result, Cathy was embarrassed and had to restart her project of making Ice Tea and my mother ended up with a slightly different sock to use with her puppet.