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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 16, 2007
"We are all children in various stages of growing up." - Doug Marlette, Editorial Cartoonist (1949--2007)
Submitted by Lorraine
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
I ran into a stranger as he passed by.
"Oh, excuse me please" was my reply.
He said, "Please excuse me too;
I wasn't even watching for you."
We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said good-bye.
But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.
Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My daughter stood beside me very still.
When I turned, I nearly knocked her down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.
She walked away, her little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.
While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,
"While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use,
But the children you love, you seem to abuse.
Look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.
Those are the flowers she brought for you.
She picked them herself, pink, yellow and blue.
She stood quietly not to spoil the surprise,
And you never saw the tears in her eyes."
By this time, I felt very small
and now my tears began to fall.
I quietly went and knelt by her bed;
"Wake up, little girl, wake up," I said.
"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
She smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.
I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."
I said, "Daughter, I'm sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
She said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway."
I said, "Daughter, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."
- Author Unknown
Submitted by Marilyn Graham
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
By Mark Raymond in Mark Mail . . .
There's a trio of websites that specializes in capturing what real people are saying every day in offices, beaches, and New York. Then the site owners write a little tag or intro line for the snippet. The names are changed to "protect the guilty," and the conversations are often liberally sprinkled with decidedly not family-friendly language, but every now and again a hilarious gem slips through.
Marketing Guy: Why haven't you kept me up-to-date on this account?
Ops Guy: I've cc'd you on every e-mail I sent to them!
Marketing Guy: I don't have time to read my e-mails. There's too much information in them. If you send me an important e-mail, give me a call to let me know I need to check it.
But first text me to let me know it's an important call!
Girl 1: Mmmm, it smells so good in here! Doesn't it smell good in here? I love it! I just want to eat what's in my nose right now!
Girl 2: I know!
Sales Guy, entering a meeting: Sorry I'm late....
Director of Marketing: You brought doughnuts? Coffee?
Sales Guy: Nooooo....
Director of Marketing: Then you're dead to us. Get out.
Wait, I have cough drops. Could I interest you in some cough drops?
Teen, trying on a jacket: How does this look on me, on a scale of one to ten, with five being in the middle?
Woman: He's very successful. I'm sure he's a millionaire by now, and he's only 26. He never even graduated from college.
Girl: I'm soooooo jealous. I wish I didn't have an education.
Dude: I'm sick of drama, and I'm sick of people coming down and crashing at my beach house. It's so annoying when people just use my stuff. Can I have some of your water?
Girl #1 (in Aruba): You can see Venezuela on a clear day from here.
Girl #2: Really?! I would love to go to Venezuela ... I hear it's a really nice island.
Girl #1: Um...island as in South America?
Girl #2: It's right off of South America, right?
Girl #1: I guess you should have paid attention in geography class.
Girl #2: What does math have to do with it?
[Collected by Mark Raymond - with family friendly edits - from Overheard in the Office, Overheard on the Beach, and Overheard in New York]
Source: Mark Mail, http://mrhumor.net/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
After being on the phone forever with a customer who had been having difficulties with a computer program, a support technician at my mother's company turned in his report: "The problem resides between the keyboard and the chair."
Submitted by Marty
Tokyo (Reuters – 07-12-07 - By Elaine Lies) - An elderly man nearing death who wants to give something back to the world, or just a prankster?
The mystery of who is leaving envelopes of 10,000 yen ($82) bills in men's toilets at government offices around Japan has gripped the nation this week despite the existence of far weightier issues, such as a looming election.
Since April 9, some 4 million yen ($32,720) has been found in men's rooms from the northernmost island of Hokkaido to the southern island of Okinawa, Japanese media say. Virtually all has been found in government office buildings.
The bills are individually wrapped in traditional Japanese "washi" paper with the word "remuneration" handwritten on the outside in ink.
Each comes with a handwritten letter in formal wording evoking Buddhist language, saying the giver hopes the money will be "useful for your pursuit of knowledge."
Newspapers have devoted lengthy articles to speculation about the identity of the unknown benefactor, and the mystery dominated evening news programs Wednesday. One domestic news agency even sent out urgent alerts as the number of bills found mounted.
The only thing everyone agrees on, given where the money is found, is that the person leaving them is a man.
Source: Reuters, http://reuters.com