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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 29, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Don't judge people by their relatives.

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2007, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php


He was waiting for me.

I hesitated this time. I don't know why. Still, when I woke up this morning I knew I had to go.

It's a short trip through the country along a road I've taken many times before.

Happy visits to the state park, walking the dogs, picnics, swimming and simply getting lost all originated on this road.

I lived there, my father lived there and too many funerals all ended there.

Now, I hardly make the trip.

It was Father's Day, I had to go.

I thought about this last night. How many more times will I do this? Next year it will be ten years.

Ten years... my God... has it been that long?

As I pulled up along side him, I glanced around me. No one was there this early. They never are. Then, without hesitation, I slipped the CD into my radio, searched for the song and hit play. Turning up the volume, I stepped out of the car and stood there looking at our family name on the headstone.

For nine years now, I have been singing for my father on Father's Day. Oblivious to my
surroundings, I simply begin to sing his favorite song, "Danny Boy."

When I am finished I reach into the car and shut off the radio.

Most times I return to his spot and offer a simple "thank you."

I remember how I cried the first time I sang it for him there.

Now, it's easier. Not because I love him less, I have just come to accept it all and grow a little more in peace with the idea that one man loves his father so much that he sings at his grave.

One more year? I hope I will sing for him until I cannot sing any more.

He always sang for me.


'I believe in You!' and 'I wish you enough!'
By Bob Perks, Copyright (c) 2007

Bob Perks is a professional Speaker, Trainer, Vocalist and Author.
He is a member of Pennwriters, http://www.pennwriters.org/
He was a 10 year member of the National Speakers Association 1996-2006
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~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Some Ponderings #3
Part 3 of 3 [June 11, 20, 29]

Did anybody ever really see a chicken cross the road?

If a doctor takes two aspirin, does he end up talking to himself in the morning?

Does anybody really know what digital means? It makes everything sound good, though... even digital speakers!

Would an avid fisherman be afraid to open a can of worms?

There are Girl Scout Cookies, why are there no Boy Scout cookies?

Submitted by Natowsky


While waiting in line at the Department of Vehicle Services for my personalized license plate, I heard the clerk shout out, "E I E I O."

"I'm here," the woman standing next to me answered.

Curious, I asked if she was a farmer or maybe taught kindergarten. "Neither," she replied. "My name is McDonald."

Submitted by B. B.

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Which State Was First With English?

In 1811, Louisiana was the first state in the U.S. to declare, by statute, English as its official language. It would be 109 years before a second state in the U.S. "Nebraska" would issue a constitutional amendment to make English the official state idiom there.

From: ArcaMax - Trivia, http://tinyurl.com/9kf44

Source: Laughter for a Saturday

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