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~~~~~~~ WITandWISDOM™ - April 7, 1999
The capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest meaning and significance. - Pablo Casals
(Judy Robinett via E-zine: DAILYQUOTE c1998 http://www.dailycast.com)
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
THE LIL' GIRL IN THE PARK
- Author Unknown
There was this lil' girl one day sitting in the park. Everyone passed and never stopped to see why she looked so sad. Dressed in a worn pink dress, bare foot and dirty, the girl just sat and watched the people go by. She never tried to speak, she never said a word. Many people passed, but never did one person stop. Just so happens the next day I decided to go back to the park, in curiosity, to see if the lil' girl would still be there. Right in the very spot as she was yesterday she sat perched on high, with the saddest look in her eyes.
Today I was to make my own move and walk over to the lil' girl. For as we all know a park full of strange people is not a place for young children to play alone. As I got closer I could see the back of the lil' girls dress was obscenely shaped. I figured that was a reason the people just passed by and made no effort to help. Deformities was a low blow to our society and, "so help you" if you make a step toward assisting someone who is different.
As I got closer the lil' girl slightly lowered her eyes to avoid my intent stare. As I approached her, I could see the obscene shape of her back more clearly. Grotesquely shaped in a humped over form.
I smiled to let her know it was OK, I was there to help, to talk. I sat down beside her and opened with a simple "Hello." The lil' girl acted shocked and stammered a "Hi" after a long stare into my eyes. I smiled and she shyly smiled back. We talked till darkness fell and the park was completely empty. Everyone was gone and we at once were alone. I asked the girl why she was so sad. The lil' girl looked at me and with a sad face said "Because I'm different." I immediately said "that you are!" and smiled. The lil' girl acted even sadder, she said, "I know."
"Lil' girl," I said, "you remind me of an angel, sweet and innocent." She looked at me and smiled, slowly she stood to her feet, and said. Really?". "Yes ma'am, your like a lil' guardian angel sent to watch over all those people walking by".
She shook her head yes and smiled, with that she spread her wings and said, "I am, I'm your guardian angel", with a twinkle in her eye. I was speechless.. sure I was seeing things. She said, "For once you thought of someone other than yourself, my job here is done". Immediately I stood to my feet and said, "Wait, so why did no one stop to help an angel?". She looked at me and smiled, "Your the only one that could see me, you believe, its in your heart".
And She was gone. And with that my life was changed dramatically. So, When you think you're all you have, remember, your angel is always watching over you. Mine was. . . :o)
(Michele Leffler, Carol Blum)
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Insanity is my only means of relaxation.
Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
My mind not only wanders, sometimes it leaves completely.
Every time I think about exercise, I lie down til the thought goes away.
God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind, I will live forever.
It's frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
I finally got my head together, and my body fell apart.
The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends.
Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.
Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Q: What's the Indian word for "lousy hunter"?
(Kitty's Daily Mews
What's the world's most important food crop? . . . For more than sixty percent of the world's population, rice is the main food. Although the production of wheat is greater in absolute tonnage, rice directly supports more of the world's people than any other crop. In China, the most populous country in the world, each person eats about a pound of rice, on average, every day.
Young rice seedlings must be planted in standing water, in fields called paddies. The water remains until the seed heads emerge, then the paddies are drained while the crop ripens.
More about rice:
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