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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 14, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

A person's identity is based on who they are apart from what they do. Identity is a matter of character, not accomplishment, a matter of being and relating, not doing. - Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop


What does Love Mean? Part 2 of 2 [Feb 13, Mar 14]

A group of professionals posed the question "What does love mean?" to a group of 4 - 8 year-olds and the answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

"Love is that first feeling you feel before all the bad stuff gets in the way."

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth."

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your french fries without making them give you any of theirs."

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."

"There are two kinds of love. Our love. God's love. But God makes both kinds of them."

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well."

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you."

"God could have said magic words to make the nails fall off the cross, but He didn't. That's love."

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2000, www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Do you ever feel overworked, over-regulated, under-leisured, under benefited? Take heart. This notice was found in the ruins of a London office building. It was dated 1852.

1. This firm has reduced the hours of work, and the clerical staff will now only have to be present between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays.

2. Clothing must be of sober nature. The clerical staff will not disport themselves in raiment of bright colors, nor will they wear hose unless in good repair.

3. Overshoes and topcoats may not be worn in the office, but neck scarves and headwear may be worn in inclement weather.

4. A stove is provided for the benefit of the clerical staff. Coal and wood must be kept in the locker. It is recommended that each member of the clerical staff bring four pounds of coal each day during the cold weather.

5. No member of the clerical staff may leave the room without permission from the supervisor.

6. No talking is allowed during business hours.

7. The craving for tobacco, wine, or spirits is a human weakness, and as such is forbidden to all members of the clerical staff.

8. Now that the hours of business have been drastically reduced, the partaking of food is allowed between 11:30 and noon, but work will not on any account cease.

9. Members of the clerical staff will provide their own pens. A new sharpener is available on application to the supervisor.

10. The supervisor will nominate a senior clerk to be responsible for the cleanliness of the main office and the private office. All boys and juniors will report to him 40 minutes before prayers and will remain after closing hours for similar work. Brushes, brooms, scrubbers, and soap are provided by the owners.

11. The owners recognize the generosity of the new labor laws, but will expect a great rise in output of work to compensate for these near Utopian conditions.

Source: Bits & Pieces, May 26, 1994, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., www.epinc.com


Two men argued about who would take the only taxi in sight. One returned to his wife at the curb. "Why did you let him have the cab?" She asked, annoyed. "He needed it more than I did," the husband explained weakly. "He was late for his karate lesson."

Source: Bits & Pieces, DATE, July 21, 1994 (c) Economic Press, Inc., www.epinc.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:


Eighty-nine years ago girls in Savannah, GA registered in the first Girl Scout troop. Founded by Juliette Gordon Low, and initially based on the British Girl Guides, the group quickly won a devoted following. Today, almost 3 million girls worldwide are Scouts. That's a lot of cookies - around 200 million boxes a year in recent years. But this organization is about more than cookies. During the world wars, the Girl Scouts set high standards for supporting the troops and selling bonds.

Try a quiz by Don't Know Much About History author Kenneth C. Davis:

True or false?
(Answers below)

1. In addition to camping, housekeeping and first aid, the first Girl Scout guide had tips on stopping runaway horses and tying up burglars.

2. Early Girl Scouts could earn the equivalent of the Boy Scouts' merit badges in signaling and telegraphy, as well as badges for sewing and cooking.

3.Today, the Girl Scouts is the world's largest organization for girls.

4. Nearly half of all Girl Scout cookies sold are Thin Mints.

Answers to the "DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT" - THE GIRL SCOUTS quiz.

1. True. 2.True. 3.True 4. False. While Thin Mints are the most popular cookie, they make-up closer to one-quarter of sales.

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