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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 7, 2005
Do the thing you fear, then the death of fear is certain. - Brian Tracey
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
I admit that it was difficult to watch my two children, Danae and Ryan, grow up. I knew they couldn't remain children forever, and I certainly didn't want to freeze their development. But I loved every minute of their childhood, and I cherish the memories we created.
I worked especially hard on "letting go" of Danae during her last three years at home. One of the most difficult times occurred when she was fifteen. She was having trouble getting ready for school on time, and I repeatedly rescued her by driving her there at the last minute. Finally, Jim and I agreed that it was time for Danae to accept full responsibility for beating the tardy bell.
One morning Danae missed her carpool ride, and she appeared at my door as I was preparing for an appointment. I ignored her hints about driving her, and we lived too far from school for her to walk. When she realized I wasn't going to rescue her, she called Dial-A-Ride, our city-sponsored cab company. She gathered her books and sat on the curb in front of our house with her head down, waiting for the cab.
I reluctantly faced one of my most difficult assignments ever. I backed my car out of the driveway and drove off, leaving my beloved teenage daughter dejected and alone. My mind flooded with all the horrible things that could happen to a young girl by herself. I asked God to protect Danae and help her learn from this experience.
The Lord heard my prayer. Danae came bounding into the house after school, threw her books on the table, and wailed, "Oh, Mother! How embarrassing! Do you know what kind of cab Dial-A-Ride has? It is a huge, old, beat-up station wagon. The driver drove me right up in front of the school, and all my friends saw me. Oh, I will never do that again!" The next morning, Danae was up at the crack of dawn.
Source: Night Light: A Devotional for Couples, By Dobson, James C.; Dobson, Shirley Published by Multnomah Pub (September 1, 2000), ISBN: 1576736741, http://isbn.nu/1576736741
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Was working on my lawn mower the other day and was washing parts in a pan of gas when my dog ran up and started licking up the gas. The fool, I thought, he had a pan of water near by and why the gas.
I was telling a friend of mine about the little fellow doing all this and he was really concerned. Well anyway the dog began choking and then ran round and round for about 10 minutes, then he suddenly fell over on the ground.
That is when my friend butted in and asked was the dog dead, I turned to him and replied, "No, he just ran out of gas."
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
When our dryer broke, my husband set to work. He found the problem quickly and, since he needed to replace the belt, decided to repair a cracked knob and a broken hinge too.
Upon arrival at the Sears parts counter, he said he needed a belt, knob, hinge, and a crescent-shaped wire he'd found inside the dryer. He didn't know where it belonged, but he confidently assured the clerk that he could figure it out once he got into the job.
"I have the other parts," the clerk said, "but for the wire you have to go to Lingerie. This is an under wire from your wife's bra."
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Mrs. Martin van Butchell was one of the earliest corpses to benefit from modern embalming techniques. Her husband had her embalmed in 1775 in order to get around an unfortunate clause in her will. Mrs. van Butchell, for reasons we can only speculate about, specified in her will that her husband was to have charge of her fortune ONLY for the time her body remained above ground. Mausoleums weren't really known at that time, so Mrs. van Butchell probably expected her husband's good time to be very brief indeed. But Martin van Butchell paid a Scottish anatomist to embalm his wife. He then put her on display in a glass coffin and actually had regular visiting hours for those who wanted to see her.
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