(One of a series of weekday posts about the life of Winston S. Churchill.)
You know about nit-pickers, don’t you?
You do something and get it 99% right. But there’s Nitty Picker standing up before the whole town saying:
“Did you all see what that person who reads The Churchill Series got wrong? You did? Well, let me tell you about it anyway.”Churchill knew all about nit-pickers. Some in the press were on him even during WW II, when he gave magnificent leadership.
Churchill was fond of telling this apt, humorous story to put the nit-pickers in their place.
“A sailor jumped into the water at Plymouth to rescue a small boy from drowning. A week later the sailor was accosted by a woman who asked, “Are you the man who picked my son out of the water the other night?I hope you all have a nice weekend. If you have the time, give a look to historian John Plumton's speech in which I found the sailor and cap story. I think you'll be glad you did.
“That is true, ma’am” replied the sailor. “I am the man.”
“Ah,” said the woman. “You are the man I am looking for. Where is his cap?”
Sailor and cap story from John Plumpton, "Two Great Men, Two Great Themes," speech, The Churchill Centre.