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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 2, 2000
It is better to be silent and suspected of stupidity than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." - Abraham Lincoln
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
While on a walk one day, I was surprised to see a man hoeing his garden while sitting in a chair.
"What laziness!" I thought. But suddenly I saw, leaning against his chair, a pair of crutches. The man was at work despite his handicap.
The lesson I learned about snap judgments that day has stayed with me for years now: the crosses people bear are seldom in plain sight.
- Author Unknown
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~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A Mother's Resolutions for the New Millennium
1. When I forget to go to the grocery store, I will not boil the macaroni necklaces my children made for me in preschool.
2. When I hear one of my children wake in the middle of the night, I will run upstairs to supervise before he pees in the sink, or the potted plant, and then creeps into the bathtub to return to sleep.
3. I will pack the kids' lunch boxes the night before so I don't throw in a slab of frozen lasagna as they're running for the bus. "It'll defrost by lunch. If not, you can suck it like an ice pop."
4. I will resist the urge to explain to strangers why my son is wearing winter boots, a bathing suit bottom, and an inside-out and backward pajama top. I will be grateful to the child that dresses himself.
5. I will not tell my children that the Play-Doh dried up just because I don't feel like cleaning up after they use it, even though I know it means I'll spend the evening harvesting colored stuff from the carpet fibers, chair cushions and my eyebrows.
6. I will always protect the rights of my children, especially their right to remain silent.
7. I will learn to accept the outbursts and tantrums as a part of life. After all, I promised to love my husband for better or worse.
8. When my husband and I go to a restaurant without the kids, I will not roll up his sleeves or move the knifes from his reach. I will not accompany him to the bathroom and remind him to wash his hands with soap. And if my husband wants dessert at the end of the meal, I will not tell him it depends on his behavior.
9. When I'm tired of hearing "mommieeeeee!" a thousand times each day, I will change my name to something they are less likely to repeat incessantly, like "Please pass the broccoli" or "Video games are boring, I'd rather read."
10. I will develop an ability to have a conversation with an adult that doesn't revolve around labor pains or children's toilet habits. I will feel comfortable in the silence that ensues when neither of us can think of any other topic to discuss.
11. I will be more flexible about children's nutritional requirements by counting the green crayon as a vegetable.
12. When my children beg for a pet, I will buy hutches and let them name the dust bunnies that have multiplied under their beds.
13. I will repeat the phrase "You'd better listen because I will not repeat myself" as many times as necessary for my children to actually notice that I have spoken.
14. When my kids are older, I will explain why they never have any chocolate candy left after Mommy and Daddy "check" their Halloween bags.
15. I will be a good, fair and loving parent to our children. I will provide them with enriching experiences and opportunities. With my husband's help, I will give them a solid foundation on which to build a useful life. After all, these are the people who will eventually chose our nursing homes.
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
People who have heard me sing, say I don't. - Mark Twain
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(John L. Bechtel)