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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 29, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. - Arnold Toynbee (1889 - 1915) Historian

Source: Bits & Pieces: Home Delivery http://your.dailyinbox.com/bp/

Subjects: Success, Work

~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:

We live in apartments most of the year, because our family goes from city to city holding evangelistic meetings. One evening, after a meeting, my daughter and I took all of the dirty clothes out of our temporary apartment home to a laundromat. We closed the door on a naked apartment: the beds were stripped, the towels were taken down, our clothes supply was exhausted.

Everything went in the triple-load washer at the Perky Clean Laundromat. I didn't feel very perky at 11:00 p.m., but I knew the job had to be done. Suddenly the washing machine stopped. The attendant called the manager. When he arrived, he said I'd have to come back in the morning. They were sending me home with no sheets to sleep on, no towels to dry on, and no clean clothes to put on!

I was steamed. Until Beth exclaimed, "Oh, Mom - being a minister's family is so exciting! Isn't this fun!" As she giggled with spontaneous glee, I saw she really meant it. I laughed with her. There wasn't anything else to do. Except, of course, to thank God for my wonderful daughter, who used her influence to bless me at nearly midnight in the Perky Clean Laundromat.

By Gloria Bentzinger, Adventist Review, November 1996, http://www.adventistreview.org/

Submitted by Nancy Simpson

Subjects: Attitude, Laundry

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

MAN OF STEEL

At his request, each morning three-year-old Ray's mother pinned a bath towel to the back shoulders of his size two T- shirt.

Immediately in his young imaginative mind the towel became a brilliant magic blue and red cape.

And he became Superman. Outfitted each day in his "cape," Ray's days were packed with adventure and daring escapades. He was Superman.

This fact was clearly pointed out last fall when his mother enrolled him in kindergarten class.

During the course of the interview, the teacher asked Ray his name.

"Superman," he answered politely and without pause.

The teacher smiled, cast an appreciative glance at his mother, and asked again, "Your real name, please."

Again, Ray answered, "Superman."

Realizing the situation demanded more authority, or maybe to hide amusement, the teacher closed her eyes for a moment, then in a voice quite stern, said, "I will have to have your real name for the records."

Sensing he'd have to play straight with the teacher, Ray slid his eyes around the room, hunched closer to her, and patting a corner of frayed towel at his shoulder, answered in a voice hushed with conspiracy, "Clark Kent."

Source: Gentle Humor, mailto:words@iop.com?subject=Subscribe

Subjects: Superman, Kindergarten

~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:

My five children and I were playing hide-and-seek one evening. With the lights turned off in the house, the kids scattered to hide, and I was "it." After a few minutes, I was able to locate all of them. When it was my turn to hide, they searched high and low but couldn't find me. Finally one of my sons got a bright idea.

He went to the phone and dialed . . . they found me immediately when my pager started beeping.

Source: Dave's Daily Chuckle, http://www.Daily-Chuckle.com

Subjects: Games, Telephone

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

CONTROL THE CHAOS:

Schedule a consistent, '10-Minute Pick-Up' session each evening. Set a timer to sound an alarm in 10 minutes. While the clock is ticking, all family members are responsible for clearing out, and putting away, their belongings from the main family area. When the timer goes off, you're all done. Give yourselves a warm round of applause for all you've accomplished.

From: Shirley Sullivan, Kid Guru from Kid-Tips.com - one of 500+ sites at lifetips.com
lifetips.com, Inc. The place to go when you need to know.

Source: DailyInBox: Life Tips, http://your.dailyinbox.com/lt/

Subjects: Parenting, Housekeeping

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