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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 12, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

One sign of maturity is the ability to be comfortable with people who are not like us.

Source: Bits & Pieces, March 2, 1995, Copyright (c) Economic Press - www.epinc.com/ via http://www.witandwisdom.org


- Author Unknown

A handsome, middle-aged man walked quietly into the cafe and sat down. Before he ordered, he couldn't help but notice a group of younger men at the table next to him. It was obvious they were making fun of something about him, and it wasn't until he remembered he was wearing a small pink ribbon on the lapel of his suit that he became aware of what the joke was all about.

The man brushed off the reaction as ignorance, but the smirks began to get to him. He looked one of the rude men square in the eye, placed his hand beneath the ribbon and asked, quizzically, "This?". With that the men all began to laugh out loud. The man he addressed said, as he fought back laughter, "Hey, sorry man, but we were just commenting on how pretty your little ribbon looks against your blue jacket!"

The middle-aged man calmly motioned for the joker to come over to his table, and invited him to sit down. As uncomfortable as he was, the guy obliged, not really sure why. In a soft voice, the middle-aged man said, "I wear this ribbon to bring awareness about breast cancer. I wear it in my mother's honor." "Oh, sorry dude. She died of breast cancer?" "No, she didn't. She's alive and well. But her breasts nourished me as an infant, and were a soft resting place for my head when I was scared or lonely as a little boy. I'm very grateful for my mother's breasts, and her health."

"Umm," the stranger replied, "yeah."

"And I wear this ribbon to honor my wife," the middle-aged man went on. "And she's okay, too?", the other guy asked, "Oh, yes. She's fine. Her breasts nurtured and nourished our beautiful daughter 23 years ago. I am grateful for my wife's breasts, and for her health." "Uh huh. And I guess you wear it to honor your daughter, also?"

"No. It's too late to honor my daughter by wearing it now. My daughter died of breast cancer one month ago. She thought she was too young to have breast cancer, so when she accidentally noticed a small lump, she ignored it. She thought that since it wasn't painful, it must not be anything to worry about." Shaken and ashamed, the now sober stranger said, "Oh, man, I'm so sorry mister."

"So, in my daughter's memory, too, I proudly wear this little ribbon, which allows me the opportunity to enlighten others. Now, go home and talk to your wife and your daughters, your mother and your friends. And here . . ." The middle-aged man reached in his pocket and handed the other man a little pink ribbon. The guy looked at it, slowly raised his head and asked, "Can ya help me put it on?"

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Submitted by: Dave & Darla Parker, Sherry Purdy

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Part 3 of 6 [May 17,30, Jun 12,22, Jul 3,13]
Compiled by WITandWISDOM(tm) 2000

Content: A fabric shelter for inmates.
Convent: How inmates get air conditioning.
Conversation: A vocal competition in which the one who is catching his breath is called the listener.
Counterfeiters: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets.
Coward: One who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.
Crestfallen: Dropped toothpaste.
Cross-eyed Teacher: A teacher that loses control over his or her pupils.
Cynic: Someone who smells the flowers and looks for the casket.
Decrease: De fold in de pants.
Deduce: De lowest card in de deck.
Demote: What de king put around de castle.
Denounce: Words that name things, not de verbs, de adjectives, etc.
Despise: De persons who work for da CIA.
Detention: What causes de stress.
Dioxin: What you say when you see a herd of buffalo-like cattle.
Document: Repeating what your doctor told you in your own words.
Dogma: A mother dog.
Dust: Mud with the juice squeezed out.
Earthquake: A topographical error.
Eclipse: What an English barber does for a living.
Eclipse: What a gardener does to your hedge.
Egotist: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
Experience: What you get when you don't get what you want.
Eyedropper: A clumsy ophthalmologist.
Falsehood: Someone who pretends to be a gangster.
Feast: An eat wave.
Feudalism: When it's your Count that votes.


Gracie Allen: "A woman came to ask the doctor if a woman should have children after thirty-five. I said thirty-five children is enough for any woman!"

George Burns: "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another

Source: Giggles & Grins Copyright (c) 2000 by Igiggle@aol.com All Rights Reserved, gigglesngrins- subscribe@topica.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

If you like smiley faces, :o) , You may enjoy the following web site that gives the "history" of smiley faces. :o)

http://www.justsaywow.com/smile.htm via http://www.witandwisdom.org

Submitted by: Gary Wimer

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