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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 23, 2005
The difference between adults and children is that adults don't ask questions. - American Proverb
Source: DailyInBox Presents, http://dailyinbox.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Sammy came to Chapman's Pool, a cove on the South Dorset coast of England, in early May of 1961. No one could understand why this wild, gray seal, usually a shy animal, broke the barrier of fear to seek human companionship. Why did he choose to become a friend of this great enemy, man, who was mercilessly slaughtering gray seals.
Sammy wasn't beautiful on land. His shapeless four-and-one-half-foot-long body looked like a giant slug with a small flapping tail on one end. But his large black eyes were lovely. They expressed joy when meeting an old friend, or mischief as he played tricks on his human friends, who joined him in the sea. Tears of grief poured down his cheeks when evening came and his playmates climbed the cliff toward home.
Not interested in bribes of food offered him, Sammy loved the human voice and craved the society of people. Never did he use his inch-and-a-half-long razor-sharp teeth to hurt his human friends, although he often lovingly nuzzled their arms or legs with his wide-open jaws. His flippers, equipped with five sharp, black nails, could easily tear prey apart, yet he
used them to caress and hug the children he loved.
The frolics began when a 4-year-old girl mistook him for a "doggie." Hugging his soft fur, she kissed his huge body as he clasped her with his flippers and moaned a love song. The two played for hours with the child receiving only tiny scratches.
In contrast to his land clumsiness this skillful swimmer received his greatest joy when his human friends joined him in deep water. With graceful speed he shot through the water, often stopping to express his joy of companionship by pressing his black nose against his human friend's cheek in a seal kiss.
All summer this fabulous seal expressed his love and trust in humans. Restraining his great strength, he even allowed Mrs. Nina Hooke the thrill of speeding through the ocean clinging to his back.
Sammy gave the world a glimpse of heaven where nothing will hurt nor destroy in all God's holy mountain.
Source: Stop, Look and Listen by Eileen E. and Jay H. Lantry, Copyright(c)1976 by Review and Herald Publishing Association, LCCN 75-32229
Submitted by Mary Thayne
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A Simple Parable
One day, as a seamstress was sewing while sitting close to a river, her thimble fell into the river.
When she cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "Why are you crying?"
The seamstress replied that her thimble had fallen into the water and that she needed it to help her husband in making a living for the two of them.
The Lord went down into the water and reappeared with a golden thimble. "Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked.
The seamstress replied, "No."
The Lord again went down and came up with a silver thimble. "Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked.
Again, the seamstress replied, "No."
The Lord went down again and came up with a bone thimble. "Is this your thimble?" the Lord asked.
The seamstress replied, "Yes."
The Lord was pleased with the woman's honesty and gave her all three thimbles to keep, and the seamstress went home happy.
Some time later, the seamstress was walking with her husband along the riverbank, and her husband fell into the river.
When she cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked her, "Why are you crying?"
"Oh, Lord, my husband has fallen into the water!"
The Lord went down into the water and came up with Mel Gibson. "Is this your husband?" the Lord asked.
"Yes," cried the seamstress.
The Lord was furious. "You lied! That is an untruth!"
The seamstress replied, "Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said 'no' to Mel Gibson, you would have come up with Tom Cruise. Then if I said 'no' to him, you would have come up with my husband. Had I then said 'yes,' you would have given me all three. Lord, I'm not in the best of health and would not be able to take care of all three husbands, so THAT'S why I said 'yes' to Mel Gibson."
.........That's our story, and we're sticking to it.
Source: Molly's Quotes of the Day, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
I was out walking with my then 4 year old daughter. She picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth. I asked her not to do that.
"Because it's been laying outside and it is dirty and probably has germs."
At this point, she looked at me with total admiration and asked, "Wow! How do you know all this stuff?"
"Uh," I was thinking quickly,"...all moms knows this stuff. Um, it's on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mommy."
We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was evidently pondering this new information.
"OH...I get it!" she beamed, "So if you flunk, you have to be the Daddy."
Submitted by Dave Parker
The 25 weirdest things you can buy on amazon.com: (like 9,000 ladybugs)
Source: Good Experience 12-07-04, http://www.goodexperience.com/signup.php