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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 16, 2006
It isn't where you came from, it's where you're going that counts. - Ella Fitzgerald
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://users.adelphia.net/~mrs.carol
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
"The Sydney Swans were the joke of the Australian Rules football league. They had the worst record, the worst players, the worst coach, and the worst fans. Most of their home games were played in front of empty seats. But a strange thing happened. The team got a new coach and a few new players, and started winning. Before long, the team that had been the laughing-stock of the league was a power-house. And since everybody likes a winning team, you can imagine what happened next. The stands began to fill. Thousands of people who had no interest in the team before began to attend games religiously.
"The Sydney Swans became the talk of the town. Everyone wanted to be identified with them. Downtown Sydney was awash in the team's colors, and people could be seen wearing Swans merchandise everywhere! Soon it became almost impossible to get a ticket to a Swans game. One Sunday afternoon the Swans were playing a rival team in front of a capacity crowd. As the TV cameras zoomed in on the revelry and joy in the stands, one focused on a single man who was cheering and waving a sign that he had obviously made himself. Grinning proudly, he held up his sign for all the world to
see: I WAS HERE WHEN NOBODY ELSE WAS!"
That's Jesus! When you're not winning, when all the odds are stacked against you, when you've become the laughing-stock of your school or family, when you feel like the biggest loser of all time, Jesus is cheering you on! He's there when nobody else is. "And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matt. 28:20).
By Todd Stanton, Minister of Youth of Clarksdale Baptist Church, Clarksdale, Mississippi, in "Beacon," Vol. 22, Number 29, August 7, 2006, p. 2.
Source: Monday Fodder
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Mysteries of the Laundry Pile
Why is it that my kids need me to wash their favorite sweatshirt or jeans five days a -week, but if I left it up to them they wouldn't change their bed sheets more than once a year?
Why do socks go in as pairs and come out as singles?
Why can't M&M's make their candy able to withstand the heat of the dryer? Melts in your mouth and not in the permanent press cycle.
Why is it that only one leg of a pair of stockings gets wrapped around the agitator in the washer making half of the pair long enough for a ten-foot-tall woman?
How do my husband's black socks keep slipping into the load of whites to be bleached? He has a nice set of purple undergarments going there.
How come I can't pull the loose threads on my dishtowels, but the minute I put them in the washer they pull and get tangled –with everything else... like that ten-foot leg of panty hose?
How do Weebles end up at the bottom of every load?
Just how many outfits does Barbie go through in a day? And does she have to wear Velcro? I'm tired of her clothes sticking to my ten-foot stockings.
Why do sweat socks smell like corn chips? How can my children wear their socks just once and yet those socks can totally stand up on their own when taken off?
Why can the very article of clothing somebody's looking for end up at the bottom of the damp laundry basket smelling like tuna? And why is it the very article of clothing that MUST be worn in five minutes?
Why do my kids spend thirty minutes slicking their hair straight and walk out the door to school with shirts that look slept in?
How do red shirts end up in the whites EVERY TIME?
Why don't I believe that the portion size of soap the box suggests is going to be strong enough for the load I'm washing? Don't these laundry soap manufacturers have kids?
Why is it that a load of laundry takes thirty minutes to dry until it has my baby's 'blankie' in it and then it takes forever? And how do you explain to a hysterical child that 'blankie' is coming back?
Whose idea was it to put pockets on the jeans of little boys and tomboys anyway?
Why does the cat keep trying to get in the washer? Should I let her go for a spin?
How can I harness the joy the two-year old has when he runs to open the dryer, empty it and stick his head inside to yell and hear the echo?
How do I convince my kids that my lopsided ten-foot stockings are not for tug-o-war?
And, finally, who keeps filling up those hampers the very minute I have everything washed, dried, folded and put away?
By Lisa Barker is a syndicated humor columnist and mom of five. Her latest book is 'Just Because Your Kids Drive You Insane ... Doesn't Mean You Are A Bad Parent!' http://www.JellyMom.com
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt." - Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher
Submitted by Lorraine
According to the U.S. Census Bureau there are 51.2 million people who have some level of disability. They represent 18 percent of the population. Of that 51.2 million, 32.5 million people with a severe disability or 12 percent of the population. The Census Bureau reports that 10.7 million people, age 6 and older, need personal assistance with one or more activities of daily living (such as taking a bath or shower) or instrumental activities of daily living (such as using the telephone). This group amounts to 4 percent of people in this age category.
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