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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 22, 2003
"People forget how fast you did a job — but they remember how well you did it." - Author Unknown
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2003, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Canada geese mate for life and often return year after year to the same location to raise their young. They fiercely defend their nest and young against all intruders.
Usually a pair of geese will build their nest and hatch the young in one location, then move the goslings on foot to a carefully chosen brood site, where they will stay until the young learn to fly. In nearly all cases, whether afloat or afoot, one of the parents leads the way and the other brings up the rear, with the young ones safely between.
A pair of Canada geese set up housekeeping on an island in a farm pond in New Jersey. Year after year these two returned to raise their young. One summer, only one of seven eggs hatched, and the hatchling died the next day. The parents moped for days only to be faced with a new problem.
From the woods by the lake another pair of Canada geese emerged with eight brand-new babies. For some reason, this new pair had chosen the farm pond - and woefully, the island itself - as their brood site. As they arrived on the scene they went straight to the island ready to do battle for the rights to the location. Of course the residents fought hard to keep what they thought was their own territory, but they could not drive the newcomers away.
As night approached, the resident pair still occupied the island - except for a corner where the new pair huddled with their young, having been granted sleeping privileges. The farmer and his wife went to bed that evening wondering what the outcome of the battle would be the next day.
Imagine the farmer's surprise the next morning when he looked out on the lake and saw eight baby geese swimming peacefully with not one but two parents in the lead and two bringing up the rear. By making peace, the adult geese had not only provided double protection for the goslings but had also provided the resident pair with babies to care for to replace the ones they had lost.
Source: Glimpses of God's Love by James A. Tucker and Priscilla Tucker, Copyright (c) 1983 by Review and Herald Publishing Association, http://isbn.nu/0828002169
Submitted by Nancy Simpson
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
From the U.S.A. Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles.
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Two youngsters were closely examining bathroom scales on display at the
"What's it for?" one asked.
"I don't know," the other replied. "I think you stand on it and it makes you mad. At least it does that for my Mom and Dad."
Source: Absolute Humor, http://absoluterobeo.com
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