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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 3, 2003
"Education costs money, but then so does ignorance." - Sir Claus Moser (b. 1922), British academic
Source: DW's Joke of the Day, http://www.wardell.org/jotd/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Following is a copy of the story about a Viet Nam vet and Ann Margaret as told by the vet's wife.
Richard, (my husband), never really talked a lot about his time in Viet Nam other than he had been shot by a sniper. However, he had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black & white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann Margaret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures. A few years ago, Ann Margaret was doing a book signing at a local bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to sign the treasured photo so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o'clock for the 7:30 signing.
When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the bookstore, circled the parking lot, and disappeared behind a parking garage. Before her appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted. Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo and let her know how much those shows meant to lonely GI's so far from home. Ann Margaret came out looking as beautiful as ever and as 2nd in line, it was soon Richard's turn. He presented the book for her signature and then took out the photo. When he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she would not sign it. Richard said, "I understand. I just wanted her to see it".
She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, "This is one of my gentlemen from Viet Nam and I most certainly will sign his photo. I know what these men did for their country and I always have time for "my gentlemen". With that, she pulled Richard across the table and planted a big kiss on him. She then made quite a to-do about the bravery of the young men she met over the years, how much she admired them, and how much she appreciated them. There weren't too many dry eyes among those close enough to hear. She then posed for pictures and acted as if he was the only one there.
Later at dinner, Richard was very quiet. When I asked if he'd like to talk about it, my big strong husband broke down in tears. "That's the first time anyone ever thanked me for my time in the Army", he said. That night was a turning point for him. He walked a little straighter and, for the first time in years, was proud to have been a Vet.
I'll never forget Ann Margaret for her graciousness and how much that small act of kindness meant to my husband. I now make it a point to say Thank You to every person I come across who served in our Armed Forces. Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who have served their country.
Submitted by Sherry Purdy
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Kids Ideas about Moms
Part 1 of 2 [Oct 3, 10]
The following are different answers given by school-age children to the given question:
Why did God make mothers?
1.-She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2.-Think about it, it was the best way to get more people.
3.-Mostly to clean the house.
4.-To help us out of there when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers?
1.- He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2.- Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3.- God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1.- We're related.
2.- God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.
What ingredients are mothers made of?
1- God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world . . .
2.-They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string. I think.
What kind of little girl was your mom?
1.- My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
How did your mom meet your dad?
1.- Mom was working in a store and dad was shoplifting.
What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1.- His last name.
2.- She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer? Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores.
Source: Quotes of the Day, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The Evening Light (Renamed the San Antonio Light)
February 10, 1883
The man reported dead with small pox is not dead at all but is alive and doing well.
Submitted by Kiri Christina Hyatt
What does it mean that Switzerland is a "neutral" nation?
Switzerland's constitution makes it unlawful for the country to make war, except in self-defense. Switzerland is also forbidden to enter into political alliances with other countries. (The country only recently joined the United Nations and it's not clear yet how that move will change Switzerland's stance on neutrality.) Switzerland's stance on neutrality has a long history, dating back to the fifteenth century when Niklaus von Flue (or "Bruder Klaus"), often called the "Father of Swiss neutrality," worried that the aftermath of the Burgundy wars would split the country apart. He understood that the Swiss confederation of cantons of his time had no central leadership and was not equipped for conflict with outside nations.
Source: ArcaMax Trivia, http://www.arcamax.com