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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 15, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit. - John F Kennedy

Source: Peter's Pearls, www.peterspearls.com.au


By Terri McPherson

Could you describe the sky
to a person without sight,
the gift of shades and shadows
you receive each day and night?

Could you depict the freedom
of walking down the street
to a person who has never
had the use of their two feet?

Could you express the comfort
of sleeping in a bed
to someone who does not have
a place to lay their head?

Could you explain the pleasure
of a satisfying meal
to a child who has never known
the fullness that you feel?

Could you, in all honesty,
with good and truthful measure,
say that you are thankful
and consider life a treasure?

Could you?

Copyright (c) 2000 Terri McPherson, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, tmcphers@mnsi.net

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


BEFORE children: Going out to dinner meant a romantic candle-lit dinner for two, at an upscale restaurant with a view of the ocean.
AFTER children: Going out to dinner means a fast meal for four served on a tray under a heat lamp with a view of the drive through.

BEFORE children: Dressing up meant wearing a brand new evening gown with sequins and a low cut back.
AFTER children: Dressing up means wearing my only pre-maternity dress that zips all the way up without the use of body lotion and power tools.

BEFORE Children: The aroma of expensive perfume wafted through the air.
AFTER Children: The aroma of talcum powder and antibacterial soap permeates the air.

BEFORE Children: I'd give my true love a sentimental Valentine's Day card with a personalized message inside.
AFTER Children: I go to the grocery store and buy four boxes of identical cards with Disney characters on the front.

BEFORE Children: My husband and I would spend the evening holding hands, gazing into each others eyes, or dancing until dawn.
AFTER Children: My husband and I spend the evening scanning the home shopping channel for good late night sales while eating a bag of microwave popcorn, then dozing off on the sofa.

BEFORE Children: In the evening we'd lay on the rug and hold hands in front of a roaring fire.
AFTER Children: In the evening I collapse on the floor somewhere between the chair and the ottoman because I'm too exhausted from chasing after children and picking up toys to hoist my body into an upright position.

BEFORE Children: "Sweet nothings" were whispered gently in my ear.
AFTER children: Requests for cups of water are screamed down the stairs.

BEFORE children: I'd receive a dozen roses or expensive jewelry.
AFTER children: I receive candy hearts and homemade macaroni necklaces.

BEFORE Children: I spent each day with the person I loved the most.
AFTER Children: I spend each day with the people I love the most.

Source: Just for Grins www.coolnewsletters.com

Submitted by Carol Blum


When we moved to a new state after my husband was transferred, my daughter was four and discovered a cherry tree in the back yard. "MOMMY! MOMMY!" she yelled, running in the back door "This strawberry has a bone in it!"

Source: Just for Grins www.coolnewsletters.com

Submitted by Carol Blum

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

If blood is red, why do veins look blue? . . .

Actually blood is bright red in its oxygenated form and a dark red when in it's deoxygenated form. In simpler terms, it's bright red when it leaves the lungs all full of oxygen and dark red when it returns to the lungs for a refill.

Veins appear blue because light penetrating the skin, is absorbed and reflected back to the eye. Only the higher energy wavelengths can do this, so only the higher energy wavelengths are seen. And as you guessed, those higher energy wavelengths are blue.


Source: The Daily Trivia, trivia- subscribe@lists.efront.com

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