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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 25, 2007
Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future. Faith is having the courage to dance to it today.
Submitted by Lorraine
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"It was great, Dad.
"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.
"Oh yeah," said the son.
"So, tell me, what you learned from the trip?" asked the father.
The son answered:
"I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
“Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
“We have servants, who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them."
The boy's father was speechless.
Then his son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."
Submitted by “ArnmGa”
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
After church, where she had been taught about the Second Coming, a little girl was quizzing her mother.
"Mommy, do you believe Jesus will come back?"
"Could he come this week?"
"Could he come in the next hour?"
"In a few minutes?"
"Mommy, would you comb my hair?"
Submitted by Malladi Murthy in India
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Boss... "I saw you arguing with that customer. Don't you know that our policy is 'The customer is always right?'"
Employee... "Yes I do, but he insisted that he was wrong!"
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Walking along a path taken by thousands of others at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas, Nicole Ruhter noticed something everyone else had missed - a tea-colored, 2.93-carat diamond.
Ruhter, 13, of Butler, Missouri., said she would name her find the "Pathfinder Diamond" after pulling what she described as a broken pyramid from the ground. .
"We were walking through the path and I just walked and saw this little shine," said Ruhter, who has just finished the seventh-grade. "We wrapped it up in a little dollar bill and took it back and showed them."
Ruhter said both park rangers and her vacationing family got excited about the diamond, found along a service road. “So far this year, visitors to the park have found 332 diamonds, three of them Tuesday alone.” said Bill Henderson, assistant park superintendent.
While the park does not do appraisals, Henderson said experts appraised a 4-carat diamond found previously in the park between $15,000 to $60,000. Henderson said Ruhter's diamond did have chips and several imperfections.
For now, Ruhter and her family said they'd keep the diamond for a time and find out how much it is worth before attempting to sell it.
"I was kind of praying to God. I was saying, 'I don't care if it's worth whatever it's worth, I don't care if it's a tiny little sliver of something,
I just want something,'" Ruhter said. "Ten minutes later, I just found it."
Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world's only diamond-producing site open to the public and visitors are allowed to keep the gems they find. On average, two diamonds are found each day at the park.
The largest of the 25,000 diamonds found since the state park, established in 1972, was the 16.37-carat Amarillo Starlight, a white diamond found by a visitor from Texas in 1975.
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