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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 24, 2004
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." - W.T. Purkiser, Christian Author
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2003, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
When my grandmother died, we traveled to a tiny country cemetery to bury her beside my grandfather. Among those attending the funeral was a shabby figure in a dark, crumpled suit - too hot for the blazing August day. A dilapidated felt hat was clutched to his chest and tears followed the furrows of unshaven cheeks.
His name was Billy, and he had lived on the farm next to my grandparents. It was poor land. His family often went hungry, but they were proud and Billy used to carry an empty lunch pail to school rather than let anyone know there was no food at home.
Some mornings he would come by to walk with my father to school. He would set his empty pail on the kitchen table where Grandmother was busily filling the family lunch pails. She would slyly fill his pail, too, and at school my father never noticed that Billy's lunch was the same as his.
Grandmother never told of the empty lunch pail and neither did Billy.
. . . Billy tramped the mile to her graveside, still poor, still hungry, but determined to pay his last respects to Grandmother, who had filled his lunch pail but left his pride intact.
Source: Top Greetings
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A Chinese restaurant is offering a free meal to dining couples if they come back, still together, a year later.
Restaurant manager Chen Guang'en said the idea was to reward couples who achieved lasting love.
"Lots of young people today do not cherish their partners. They may fall in love just for fun, so many couples don't last long," he told the Southern Metropolitan News.
He takes two photographs of couples who eat at his restaurant, in Guangzhou, and who want to take part.
One copy is handed over to the lovers while the other goes on display in the restaurant. So far more than 100 couples have taken part.
Those who return as a couple a year later, qualify for a free meal in the promotion, reports China Daily quoting Shenzhen Daily.
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Uncle Jim was late for work when the red lights flashed behind him. Knowing he was busted, Jim pulled over and waited with license and registration in hand. As the trooper wrote out the ticket, he asked Jim where he was headed. "I'm late for an important 7:30 meeting," Jim said. The officer checked his watch. "If you hurry," he remarked, "you can still make it."
Contributed to "All In a Day's Work" by Bill Damman
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