If you love something, set it free.
If it comes back, it was, and always will be yours.
If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.
If it just sits in your living room,
messes up your stuff,
eats your food,
uses your car,
takes your money,
and never behaves as if you actually set it free in the first place, you either married it or gave birth to it.
I think I'm allergic to Mondays ... and mornings.
A shoplifter was caught red-handed trying to steal a watch from an exclusive jewelry store.
"Listen," said the shoplifter, "I know you don't want any trouble either. What do you say I just buy the watch and we forget about this?"
The manager agreed and wrote up the sales slip.
The crook looked at the slip and said, "This is a little more than I intended to spend. Can you show me something less expensive...?"
100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.
A police recruit was asked during the exam, "What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?"
He answered, "Call for backup."
If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?
An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers.
In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, "They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I don't want them to take me out when I'm dead."
Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.
ALL THE GOOD THINGS
By Sister Helen P. Mrosla
He was in the first third grade class I taught at Saint Mary's School in Morris, Minn. All 34 of my students were dear to me, but Mark Eklund was one in a million. Very neat in appearance, but had that happy-to-be-alive attitude that made even his occasional mischievousness delightful.
Mark talked incessantly. I had to remind him again and again that talking without permission was not acceptable. What impressed me so much, though, was his sincere response every time I had to correct him for misbehaving: "Thank you for correcting me, Sister!" I didn't know what to make of it at first, but before long I became accustomed to hearing it many times a day.
One morning my patience was growing thin when Mark talked once too often, and then I made a novice-teacher's mistake. I looked at him and said, "If you say one more word, I am going to tape your mouth shut!"
It wasn't ten seconds later when Chuck blurted out, "Mark is talking again." I hadn't asked any of the students to help me watch Mark, but since I had stated the punishment in front of the class, I had to act on it.
I remember the scene as if it had occurred this morning. I walked to my desk, very deliberately opened my drawer and took out a roll of masking tape. Without saying a word, I proceeded to Mark's desk, tore off two pieces of tape and made a big X with them over his mouth.
I then returned to the front of the room. As I glanced at Mark to see how he was doing he winked at me.
That did it! I started laughing. The class cheered as I walked back to Mark's desk, removed the tape and shrugged my shoulders. His first words were, "Thank you for correcting me, Sister."
At the end of the year I was asked to teach junior-high math. The years flew by, and before I knew it Mark was in my classroom again. He was more handsome than ever and just as polite. Since he had to listen carefully to my instructions in the "new math," he did not talk as much in ninth grade as he had in the third.
One Friday, things just didn't feel right. We had worked hard on a new concept all week, and I sensed that the students were frowning, frustrated with themselves--and edgy with one another. I had to stop this crankiness before it got out of hand. So I asked them to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then I told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down.
It took the remainder of the class period to finish the assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed me the papers. Charlie smiled. Mark said, "Thank you for teaching me, Sister. Have a good weekend."
That Saturday, I wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and I listed what everyone else had said about that individual. On Monday I gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. "Really?" I heard whispered. "I never knew that meant anything to anyone!" "I didn't know others liked me so much!"
No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. I never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another again.
That group of students moved on. Several years later, after I returned from vacation, my parents met me at the airport. As we were driving home, Mother asked me the usual questions about the trip--the weather, my experiences in general. There was a light lull in the conversation. Mother gave Dad a sideways glance and I simply said, "Dad?" My father cleared his throat as he usually did before something important. "The Eklunds called last night," he began.
"Really?" I said. "I haven't heard from them in years. I wonder how Mark is."
Dad responded quietly. "Mark was killed in Vietnam," he said. "The funeral is tomorrow, and his parents would like it if you could attend." To this day I can still point to the exact spot on I-494 where Dad told me about Mark.
I had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. Mark looked so handsome, so mature. All I could think at that moment was, Mark, I would give all the masking tape in the world if only you would talk to me.
The church was packed with Mark's friends. Chuck's sister sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Why did it have to rain on the day of the funeral? It was difficult enough at the graveside. The pastor said the usual prayers, and the bugler played taps. One by one those who loved Mark took a last walk by the coffin and sprinkled it with holy water.
I was the last one to bless the coffin. As I stood there, one of the soldiers who had acted as pallbearer came up to me. "Were you Mark's math teacher?" he asked. I nodded as I continued to stare at the coffin. "Mark talked about you a lot," he said.
After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates headed to Chuck's farmhouse for lunch. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting for me. "We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it."
Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded, and refolded many times. I knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which I had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him. "Thank you so much for doing that" Mark's mother said. "As you can see, Mark treasured it."
Mark's classmates started to gather around us. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home."
Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked me to put this in our wedding album."
"I have mine too," Marilyn said. "It's in my diary."
Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet, and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry this with me at all times," Vicki said without batting an eyelash. "I think we all saved our lists."
That's when I finally sat down and cried. I cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.
In a world you can be anything, be kind.
A man went to apply for a job. After filling out all of his applications he waited anxiously for the outcome.
The employer read all his applications and said, "We have an opening for people like you."
"Oh, great," the man said, "What is it?"
"It's called the door."
"Nothing is impossible"? Try slamming a revolving door.
EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT LIFE I LEARNED FROM A JIGSAW PUZZLE
By Jacquie Sewell (with apologies to Robert Fulghum)
1. Don't force a fit - if something is meant to be, it will come together naturally.
2. When things aren't going so well, take a break. Everything will look different when you return.
3. Be sure to look at the big picture. Getting hung up on the little pieces only leads to frustration.
4. Perseverance pays off. Every important puzzle went together bit by bit, piece by piece.
5. When one spot stops working, move to another. But be sure to come back later (see #4).
6. The creator of the puzzle gave you the picture as a guidebook. Refer to the Creator's guidebook often.
7. Variety is the spice of life. It's the different colors and patterns that make the puzzle interesting.
8. Working together with friends and family makes any task fun.
9. Establish the border first. Boundaries give a sense of security and order.
10. Don't be afraid to try different combinations. Some matches are surprising.
11. Take time often to celebrate your successes (even little ones).
12. Anything worth doing takes time and effort. A great puzzle can't be rushed.
13. When you finally reach the last piece, don't be sad. Rejoice in the masterpiece you've made and enjoy a well-deserved rest.
Copyright 2001 Jacquie Sewell. Permission is granted to send this to others, but not for commercial purposes.
Life ain't about how fast you run or how high you climb -- it's about how well you bounce.
A guy goes into a fancy lounge wearing a shirt open at the collar, but the bouncer tells him he needs a necktie to get in.
The guy doesn't have a necktie handy, so goes out to his car and gets his jumper cables. He ties these around his neck, manages to fashion a fairly acceptable looking knot, and lets the ends dangle free.
He goes back to the lounge. The bouncer looks him up and down and then says, "Well, okay, I guess you can come in. Just don't start anything."
I've come to the conclusion that I'm a reasonably intelligent person who does moderately stupid things on a semi-regular basis.
"IS THERE REALLY A SANTA?"
By Bill Allison
Shortly after the birth of our first child, we, as followers of Jesus, were confronted with the challenge of celebrating Christmas accurately. We are NOT the hyper-spiritual, party-pooping kind of parents who believe that Santa is just a weird way to spell Satan. On the other hand, we really wanted our kids to celebrate the real reason for Christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ - from which we get the word CHRISTmas.
What to do?
For the first several years, we simply focused on Jesus and his birthday - no anti-Santa stuff - and it worked great. However, Stacy and I sensed that with each passing year - as our children grew and became more inquisitive - we would have to deal with the "Santa issue."
As the next Christmas crept up on us, we decided to research Santa. Of course, we found out that Saint Nicholas was a Christian man who lived long ago - and, in short, was famous for helping the poor - get this - by sneaking into homes and leaving gifts. With this information in hand, we patiently waited for one of our brilliant kids to ask about the fat guy in the red suit.
As fate would have it, shortly after we did our research, Billy, my then 3-year-old son, asked my wife (while I was away at work, thankfully), "Is there really a Santa?"
My wife, nervous but poised for this question, launched into something just slightly less than an oral doctoral dissertation entitled, "Santa: Jolly Fat Man in a Red Suit or Good Christian Man of Old?" Throughout the informative historical lecture concerning the original Saint Nick - a Christian man who generously helped the poor - my 3-year-old son listened the best any active little boy possibly could, which was not too good.
After the dissertation, Billy asked one simple question: "Is Santa still alive today?"
Stacy thought and then responded, "No. But at Christmas many people dress up in honor of him and his generosity to others."
Billy simply said, "Okay." And with that, he went off to play happily, probably torturing his sisters in some creative fashion.
The next day, as my wife was Christmas shopping with our children, one of the well-meaning, grandma-type clerks at Kmart approached my son and asked, "Is Santa going to bring you lots of toys this year little boy?"
To my wife's absolute horror, my son looked the clerk squarely in the eyes and adamantly said, "Santa's dead!"
Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind and heart.
Last Christmas, Grandpa was feeling his age and found that shopping for Christmas gifts had become too difficult. So he decided to send checks to everyone instead.
In each card he wrote, "Buy your own present!" and mailed them early.
He enjoyed the usual flurry of holiday festivities, and it was only after the holiday that he noticed that he had received very few cards in return.
Puzzled over this, he went into his study, intending to write a couple of his relatives and ask what had happened. It was then, as he cleared off his cluttered desk that he got his answer. Under a stack of papers, he was horrified to find the gift checks that he had forgotten to enclose with the cards.
Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.
As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, he asked her the usual question, "And what would you like for Christmas?"
The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: "Didn't you get my text?"
December is the month when the kids begin to discuss what to get Dad for Christmas. Some insist on a shirt; others a pair of socks, and the argument always ends in a tie.
YOU'RE FROM A SMALL TOWN IF:
~ You can name everyone you graduated with.
~ You know what each H in 4-H stands for.
~ You give directions by references: "Turn by Nelson's house, go two blocks past Anderson's, and it's four houses left of the track field."
~ You can't help but date a friend's ex-girlfriend.
~ The town next to you is considered "trashy" or "snooty," but is actually just like your town.
~ Anyone you want can be found at either the Dairy Queen or the feed store.
~ You see at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town.
~ The city council meets at the coffee shop.
~ You decide to walk somewhere for exercise and 5 people pull over and ask if you need a ride.
~ Your teacher calls you by your older sibling's name.
~ Even the ugly people enter beauty pageants.
I married Mr. Right. I just didn't know his first name was "Always."
A ten-year-old was watching TV with her Grandma.
The newscaster interrupted the program to announce the outcome of a political election.
"More on candidates at 11pm," he said.
The child exclaimed, "I didn't know they could call politicians 'morons' on national television!"
People are funny. They spend money they don't have to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like.
Johnny: "Would you punish me for something I didn't do?"
Teacher: "Why, of course not."
Johnny: "Good, 'cause I didn't do my homework."
Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.
On a visit to New York, an Englishman and a Scotsman go to a pastry shop.
The Englishman whisks three cookies into his pocket with lightning speed. The baker doesn't notice.
The Englishman says to the Scotsman: "You see how clever we are? You'll never beat that!"
The Scotsman says to the Englishman: "Watch this, a Scotsman is always cleverer than an Englishman."
He says to the baker, "Give me a cookie, I can show you a magic trick!"
The baker gives him the cookie which the Scotsman promptly eats. Then he says to the baker: "Give me another cookie for my magic trick."
The baker is getting suspicious but he gives it to him. He eats this one too.
Then he says again: "Give me one more cookie..."
The baker is getting angry now but gives him one anyway. The Scotsman eats this one too.
Now the baker is really mad, and he yells: "And where is your famous magic trick?"
The Scotsman says: "Look in the Englishman's pocket!"
I am at one with my duality.
A man went to visit his 90-year-old grandfather in a secluded, rural area of the state.
After spending the night, his grandfather prepared breakfast for him consisting of eggs and bacon. He noticed a film-like substance on his plate and he questioned his grandfather, "Are these plates clean?"
His grandfather replied, "Those plates are as clean as cold water can get them so go on and finish your meal."
That afternoon, while eating the hamburger his grandfather made for lunch, he noticed tiny specks around the edge of this plate, and a substance that looked like dried egg yolks. So he asked again, "Are you sure these plates are clean?"
Without looking up from his hamburger, the grandfather says, "I told you before, those dishes are as clean as cold water can get them, now don't ask me about it anymore!"
Later that afternoon, he was on his way out to get dinner in a nearby town. As he was leaving, Grandfather's dog started to growl and would not let him pass.
"Grandfather, your dog won't let me out."
Without diverting his attention from the football game he was watching, Grandfather shouted, "COLDWATER, GET OUT OF THE WAY!!"
Have you ever noticed how nothing is impossible for those who don't have to do it?
"This little computer," said the sales clerk, "will do half of your job for you."
Studying the machine, the senior VP said, "Fine. I'll take two."
Everyone has a right to be stupid. Some just abuse the privilege.
"Sally, can you spell 'water' for me?" The teacher asked.
"H I J K L M N 0," answered Sally promptly.
Her teacher look puzzled. "That doesn't spell "water."
"Sure it does," said Sally. "My daddy's a scientist and he says water is H to O."
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets.
His beloved old white convertible was in deplorable shape, but he refused to
get rid of it. So when the old junker was stolen from his office parking
lot, his family was delighted.
Nonetheless, they called the police and filed an insurance claim.
Their relief was short-lived, within an hour an officer was on the phone.
"We found the car less than a mile away," he said, trying to restrain
himself. "It had a note on it that read, 'Thanks anyway, we'd rather walk.'"
Boldly going nowhere.
These are actual excuse notes from parents excusing their children from missing school (includes original spelling):
~ My son is under a doctor's care and should not take P.E. today. Please execute him.
~ Please excuse Lisa for being absent. She was sick and I had her shot.
~ Dear School: Please ekscuse John being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and also 33.
~ Please excuse Roland from P.E. for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.
~ John has been absent because he had two teeth taken out of his face.
~ Carlos was absent yesterday because he was playing football. He was hurt in the growing part.
~ Megan could not come to school today because she has been bothered by very close veins.
~ Chris will not be in school cus he has an acre in his side.
~ Please excuse Ray Friday from school. He has very loose vowels.
~ Please excuse Tommy for being absent yesterday. He had diarrhea and his boots leak.
~ Irving was absent yesterday because he missed his bust.
~ Please excuse Jimmy for being. It was his father's fault.
~ I kept Billie home because she had to go Christmas shopping because I don't know what size she wear.
~ Please excuse Jennifer for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the Sunday paper off the porch, and when we found it Monday, we thought it was Sunday.
~ Sally won't be in school a week from Friday. We have to attend her funeral.
~ Please excuse Jason for being absent yesterday. He had a cold and could not breed well.
Am I getting smart with you? How would you know?
A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses. She started her class by saying, "Everyone who thinks you're stupid, stand up!"
After a few seconds, Little Johnny stood up.
The teacher said, "Do you think you're stupid, Little Johnny?"
"No, ma'am, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!"
A pessimist is a person who looks both way before crossing a one-way street.
KIDS SAY THE FUNNIEST THINGS
JACK (age 3) was watching his mom breast-feeding his new baby sister. After a while he asked: "Mom, why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?"
MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, "If you don't remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six."
STEVEN (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom goodnight. "I love you so much, that when you die I'm going to bury you outside my bedroom window."
BRITTANY (age 4) had an earache and wanted a painkiller. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a childproof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: "How does it know it's me?"
SUSAN (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. "Please don't give me this juice again," she said, "It makes my teeth cough."
DI (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: "How much do I cost?"
MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple who were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: "Why is he whispering in her mouth?"
CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, "I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in?"
JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt." Concerned, James asked: "What happened to the flea?"
TAMMY (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for awhile and then asked, "Why doesn't your skin fit your face?"
Which animal do you never want to play cards with? A cheetah
A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist.
"I want a tooth pulled, and I don't want any pain killers because I'm in a big hurry," the woman said. "Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we'll be on our way."
The dentist was quite impressed. "You're certainly a courageous woman," he said. "Which tooth is it?"
The woman turned to her husband and said, "Show him your tooth, dear."
Why do we call it a hamburger when it is made from beef?
THIS KIND OF STUFF HAS GOT TO STOP IN OUR COUNTRY.
We Must Stop This Immediately!
Have you noticed that stairs are getting steeper. Groceries are heavier. And, everything is farther away. Yesterday I walked to the corner and I was dumbfounded to discover how long our street had become!
And, you know, people are less considerate now, especially the young ones. They speak in whispers all the time! If you ask them to speak up they just keep repeating themselves, endlessly mouthing the same silent message until they're red in the face! What do they think I am, a lip reader?
I also think they are much younger than I was at the same age. On the other hand, people my own age are so much older than I am. I ran into an old friend the other day and she has aged so much that she didn't even recognize me.
I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was combing my hair this morning, and in doing so, I glanced at my own refection...Well, REALLY NOW - even mirrors are not made the way they used to be!
Another thing, everyone drives so fast these days! You're risking life and limb if you happen to pull onto the freeway in front of them. All I can say is, their brakes must wear out awfully fast, the way I see them screech and swerve in my rear view mirror.
Clothing manufacturers are less civilized these days. Why else would they suddenly start labeling a size 10 or 12 dress as 18 or 20? Do they think no one notices that these things no longer fit around the waist, hips, thighs, and bosom?
The people who make bathroom scales are pulling the same prank, but in reverse. Do they think I actually "believe" the number I see on that dial? HA! I would never let myself weigh that much! Just who do these people think they're fooling?
I'd like to call up someone in authority to report what's going on -- but the telephone company is in on the conspiracy too: they've printed the phone books in such small type that no one could ever find a number in here!
All I can do is pass along this warning: We are under attack! Unless something drastic happens, pretty soon everyone will have to suffer these awful indignities.
PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN GET THIS CONSPIRACY STOPPED!
PS: I am sending this to you in a larger font size, because something has caused my computer's fonts to be smaller than they once were.
The more we disagree, the more chance there is that at least one of us is right.
Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.
- Louis Nizer
You've got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it.
- Groucho Marx
He is a self-made man & worships his creator.
- John Bright
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
- Winston Churchill
He has sat on the fence so long that the iron has entered his soul.
- David Lloyd George
Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it.
- Moses Hadas
He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.
- Samuel Johnson
He had delusions of adequacy.
- Walter Kerr
He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.
- Abraham Lincoln
I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.
- Groucho Marx
A modest little person, with much to be modest about.
- Winston Churchill
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
- Oscar Wilde
The first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone.
A farmer lived in Minnesota, right on the border with Iowa. One day he saw a team of surveyors working along the road. They measured and argued and measured again. Finally they came up to the farm house.
"Sir, we have some news for you," they said. "It looks like the old map was completely wrong about the border. Your farm is actually in Iowa!"
"That's wonderful!" cried the farmer, "No more of those terrible Minnesota winters!"
I don't need any tattoos. After all, you don't put bumper stickers on a Ferrari.
An 8-year-old girl went to her dad, who was working in the yard. She asked him, "Daddy, what is sex?"
He was surprised by the question, but decided that if she was old enough to ask, then she was old enough to get a straight answer. He proceeded to tell her all about the birds and the bees. When he finished, the little girl was looking at him with her mouth hanging open.
Her father asked her, "Why did you ask this question?"
The little girl replied, "Mommy told me to tell you that dinner would be ready in just a couple of secs."
Today I went into a bookstore and asked where the self-help section was. The clerk replied, "If I told you, wouldn't that defeat the purpose?"
When my son graduated from high school, he had to give a speech. He began by
reading from his prepared text:
"I want to talk about my mother and the wonderful influence she has had on
my life. She is a shining example of parenthood, and I love her more than
words could ever do justice."
At this point he seemed to struggle for words. After a pause, he looked up
with a sly grin and said, "Sorry, but it's really hard to read my mother's
Too many people work up a head of steam before they find out what's cooking.
DO YOU NEED A WASHING?
A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Walmart. She must have been
6-years-old, this beautiful red-haired, freckle-faced image of innocence. It
was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain
gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the
spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the
We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their
hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and
sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories
of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome
reprieve from the worries of my day.
The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all
caught in: "Mom, let's run through the rain," she said.
"What?" Mom asked.
"Let's run through the rain!" she repeated.
"No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit," Mom replied.
This young child waited about another minute and repeated: "Mom, let's run
through the rain,"
"We'll get soaked if we do," Mom said.
"No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning," the young girl
said as she tugged at her Mom's arm.
"This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get
"Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you
said, 'If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!"
The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you couldn't hear anything but
the rain. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few
Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.
Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even
ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young
child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will
bloom into faith.
"Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If God let's
us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing," Mom said.
Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they
darted past the cars and, yes, through the puddles. They held their shopping
bags over their heads. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who
screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.
And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.
On your birthday, send a thank you card to your mom.
These are the laws of the natural universe:
~ Law of Mechanical Repair: After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.
~ Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
~ Law of the Telephone: When you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.
~ Law of the Alibi: If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.
~ Variation Law: If you change lines or traffic lanes, the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now.
~ Bath Theorem: When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.
~ Law of Lines: When you walk IN the grocery store, there's never anyone in the checkout line.
~ Inverse Hair Dryer Law: You're sure you hear the phone ringing in the background, until you turn the hair dryer off.
~ Law of Close Encounters: The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.
~ Law of the Result: When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.
~ Law of Bio mechanics: The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
~ Theater Law: At any event, the people whose seats are farthest from the aisle arrive last.
~ Law of Coffee: As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
~ Murphy's Law of Lockers: If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
~ Law of Natural Attraction: If you and your date are the only two on a five-mile stretch of beach, the family of five will set up right next to you.
~ Law of Dirty Rugs/Carpets: The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.
~ Law of Location: No matter where you go, there you are.
~ Law of Logical Argument: Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
~ Oliver's Law: A closed mouth gathers no feet.
~ Law of the Last Word: "Hey, watch this!"
I ordered a Thesaurus online and it just arrived. The pages are all BLANK!!!!! I have no words to express my outrage!!
A friend bumped into his pirate buddy on the street, "Hey, I haven't seen you in a while. What happened? You look terrible."
"What do you mean?" said the pirate, "I feel fine."
"What about the wooden leg? You didn't have that before."
"Well, we were in a battle and I got hit with a cannonball, but I'm fine now."
"Well, okay, but what about that hook? What happened to your hand?"
"We were in another battle. I boarded a ship and got into a sword fight. My hand was cut off, I got fitted with a hook. I'm fine, really."
"What about that eye patch?"
"Oh, one day we were at sea and a flock of birds flew over, I looked up and one of them pooped in my eye."
"You're kidding," said the friend, "You couldn't lose an eye just from that!"
"It was my first day with the hook."
Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself.
A husband has to go away on a business trip. Really bad timing - his wife is about to deliver a set of twins (boy & girl).
Sure enough, she goes into labor the minute his plane takes off. So his brother takes her to the hospital. She has a rough labor and it takes a long time to recover her communication skills.
But the hospital needs names for the babies before they can release them from the hospital. So it's up to the new uncle (who is known to be quite a prankster) to name them.
When the husband finally comes home, he is a bit worried about what his brother named his children. So he carefully asks his wife what are their names.
She replied, "Well, he named our daughter Denise."
"Hey, that's not so bad" he says and smiles.
"I know, but he named your son Denephew!"
A friend of mine asked me to go to the front of his car to see if his turn signal was working. I did and yelled out, "Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, No..."
A mom's teenage son was having trouble mastering the fine points of balancing his new checking account. "The bank returned the check you wrote to the sporting goods store," she said.
"Oh good," he said, "Now I can use it to buy a new iPad!"
Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes? Come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller!
Accountant: "Doctor, I just can't get to sleep at night."
Doctor: "Have you tried counting sheep?"
Accountant: "Yes, and that's the problem! I make a mistake and then spend three hours trying to find it!"
Remember back when we were kids and every time it was below zero outside they closed school? Me neither.
I'd been working on my business degree for about a year when I finally got to take a popular finance course. I went to the bookstore to buy the text and was shocked to find out that it would cost me $96. I asked how much it was worth if I sold it back at the end of the semester.
"You'll get $24," said the clerk.
"This is insane," I protested as I wrote out the check.
"I know," replied the clerk sympathetically. "I've always thought that a person who buys a book for $96 and then sells it back for $24 should fail the course."
Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly?
A man in a hurry, taking his 8-year-old son to school, made a turn at a red light where it was prohibited.
"Uh-oh, I just made an illegal turn!" the man said.
"Aw, Dad, it's probably okay," the son said. "The police car right behind us just did the same thing."
If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie?
A motorist was about two hours from San Diego when he was flagged down by a man whose truck had broken down. The man walked up to the car and asked, "Are you going to San Diego?"
"Sure am," answered the man, "Do you need a lift?"
"Not for me. I'll be spending the next three hours fixing my truck. My problem is I've got two chimpanzees in the back that have to be taken to the San Diego Zoo. They're a bit stressed already so I don't want to keep them on the road all day. Could you possibly take them to the zoo for me? I'll give you $100 for your trouble."
"I'd be happy to," said the motorist. So the two chimpanzees were ushered into the back seat of the man's car and carefully strapped into their seat belts, and off they went.
Five hours later, the truck driver was driving through the heart of San Diego when suddenly he was horrified! There was the motorist walking down the street, holding hands with the two chimps, much to the amusement of the big crowd.
With a screech of brakes he pulled off the road and ran over to the man. "What are you doing here?" he demanded, "I gave you $100 to take these chimpanzees to the zoo!"
"Yes, I know you did," said the man. "But we had money left over so now we're going to Sea World."
If a woman's work is never done, why bother?
Interviewer: "Tell me Miss Cromwell, if you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?"
Miss Cromwell: "The living one."
Accidentally went grocery shopping on an empty stomach and now am the proud owner of Aisle 4.
ADVICE FROM AN OLD FARMER
~ Don't judge folks by their relatives.
~ Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
~ Live a good, righteous life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.
~ Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.
~ Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
~ If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
~ Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
~ The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every morning.
~ Always drink upstream from the herd.
~ Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
~ Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.
~ If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
I was stunned last night when my wife told me I was too wrapped up in myself. When did I get a wife?
ADVICE FROM AN OLD FARMER
~ Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
~ Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
~ Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
~ A bumble bee is faster than a John Deere tractor.
~ Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.
~ Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.
~ Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
~ Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
~ It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
~ You can't unsay a cruel word.
~ Every path has a few puddles.
~ When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
~ The best sermons are lived, not preached.
~ Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.
I was gong to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn't find it.
An old geezer who was a retired farmer for a long time became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic. He put up a sign outside that said: "Dr. Geezer's Clinic. Get your treatment for $500, and if not cured, get back $1,000!"
Doctor Young, who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. So he visited Dr. Geezer's clinic.
Dr. Young: "Dr. Geezer, I've lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?"
Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."
Dr. Young: "Aaagh !! -- This is gasoline!"
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $500."
Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.
Dr. Young: "I've lost my memory, I can't remember anything."
Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."
Dr. Young: "Oh, no you don't, that's gasoline!"
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back! That will be $500."
Dr. Young (after losing $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.
Dr. Young: "My eyesight has become weak --- I can hardly see anything!"
Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so here's your $1000 back," and handed him a $10 bill.
Dr. Young: "But this is only $10!"
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500."
I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one.
A little old lady goes to the doctor and says, "Doctor, I have this problem with gas, but it really doesn't bother me too much. They never smell and are always silent. As a matter of fact I've passed gas at least 20 times since I've been here in your office. You didn't know I was passing gas because they don't smell and are silent."
The doctor says, "I see. Take these pills and come back to see me next week."
The next week the lady goes back. "Doctor," she says, "I don't know WHAT you gave me, but now when I pass gas although still silent they stink terribly."
"Good," the doctor said, "now that we've cleared up your sinuses, let's work on your hearing."
I must be following my diet too closely. I keep gaining on it.
A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a town he planned to visit on his holiday.
He wrote: I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well-behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?
An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who wrote: Sir, I've been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I've never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I've never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I've never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you're welcome to stay here, too.
I just read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause alarm or worry, but shouldn't that be an even number?
TOP TEN PICKUP LINES USED BY ADAM
10. "You know you're the only one for me!"
9. "Do you come here often?"
8. "Trust me, this was meant to be!"
7. "Look around, baby. All the other guys around here are animals!"
6. "I already feel like you're a part of me!"
5. "Honey, you were made for me!"
4. "Why don't you come over to my place and we can name some animals?"
3. "You're the girl of my dreams!" (Gen. 2:21)
2. "I like a girl who doesn't mind being ribbed!"
And the number one pick up line from Adam is:
"You're the apple of my eye!" *
* I realize that the Bible says that Adam and Eve ate of the "fruit", not "apple," but gee guys, apple is funnier!
Myrrh: A type of perfume or incense; the second gift of the Magi; a great scrabble word when you are out of vowels.
One night a teenage girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents, and they were appalled by his appearance: leather jacket, motorcycle boots, tattoos, and pierced nose.
Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside and confessed their concern.
Trying to be diplomatic, Mom said, "Dear, he just doesn't seem like the all-American boy you've dated before. He's not really that nice."
"Oh come on, Mom," replied the daughter. "If he wasn't that nice, why would he be doing 500 hours of community service?"
I ate a salad for lunch today! Well, mostly croutons and tomatoes. Actually one big round crouton and tomato sauce. And cheese. FINE! It was a pizza. I ate a pizza for lunch!
A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husbands.
The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?" All the women raised their hands.
Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?"
Some women answered ... "today," a few ... "yesterday," and some ... "can't remember."
The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband - "I love you, Sweetheart"
Next the women were instructed to exchange phones with one another and read aloud the text message they received in response to their message.
Below are 12 hilarious replies. If you have been married for quite a while, you understand that these replies are a sign of true love. Who else would reply in such a succinct and honest way?
~ Who IS this?
~ Eh, mother of my children, are you sick or what?
~ Yeah, and I love you too. What's wrong?
~ I don't understand what you mean?
~ What now? Did you wreck the car again?
~ Am I dreaming?
~ Don't beat about the bush, just tell me how much you need?
~ What did you do now?
~ If you don't tell me who this message is actually for, someone will die.
~ Your mother is coming to stay with us, isn't she?
Kinda tugs at the heart, doesn't it?
I don't mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet food in 3 hours and 20 minutes.
A Super Bowl Funny
A buddy of mine has two tickets for Sunday's Super Bowl here in Houston. When he bought them he didn't realize that it's on the same day as his wedding, so he can't go.
If you're interested and want to go instead of him, it's at St. Peter's Church in New York City at 5 p.m. Her name's Louise. She'll be the one wearing a white dress.
A farmer asked the vet to come out to check on his favorite bull who wasn't doing well at all.
After checking the bull's vital signs, the vet reached in his black bag and pulled out a rather large pill. He forced open the bull's mouth and crammed the pill down his gullet. Suddenly the bull jumped up and took off like a banshee, jumping every fence in his way.
The vet exclaimed, "Well, looks like your bull is healed!"
The farmer replied, "Now give me one of those pills. I've gotta catch him!"
I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.
LETTER FROM COLLEGE...
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REPLY FROM DAD....
I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study hard eNOugh.
Did you know that Adam and Eve were the first couple to not read and understand the fine print on their Apple contract? :)
1. If you are choking on an ice cube, don't panic. Simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat and presto! The blockage will be almost instantly removed.
2. Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.
3. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by simply using the sink.
4. High blood pressure sufferers: Simply cut yourself and bleed for awhile, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.
5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep when you hit the snooze button.
6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you will be afraid to cough.
7. Have a bad tooth ache? Hit your thumb with a hammer, then you will forget about the tooth ache.
A thief broke into my house last night. He started searching for money so I woke up and searched with him.
A family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks.
If one felt it was too hot, the other thought it was too cold. If one said the TV was too loud, the other claimed the volume needed to be turned up.
Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom & gloom pessimist.
Just to see what would happen, on the twins' birthday their father loaded the pessimist's room with every imaginable toy and game.
The optimist's room he loaded with horse manure.
That night the father passed by the pessimist's room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly.
"Why are you crying?" the father asked.
"Because my friends will be jealous, and I'll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff. I'll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken," answered the pessimistic twin.
Passing the optimist twin's room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure.
"What are you so happy about?" he asked.
To which his optimist twin replied, "There's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"
There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.
An angel hears his plea and appears to him, "Sorry, but you can't take your wealth with you."
The man implores the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules.
The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.
Soon afterward the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter. Seeing the suitcase Peter says, "Hold on, you can't bring that in here!"
But the man explains to him that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, Peter checks and comes back saying, "You're right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I'm supposed to check its contents before letting it through."
Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and exclaims, "You brought pavement?!?!"