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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 5, 2005
Success is not so much what you are, but rather what you appear to be. – Anonymous
Source: The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time, Edited by John M. Shanahan, Copyright © 1999, http://isbn.nu/0060194111
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Children teach us something every day. As a parent, I have learned to expect this. Yet sometimes the extent of what my daughter teaches surprises me.
When Marissa was six months old, it seemed she was always looking up. As I gazed upward with her, I learned the magic of leaves dancing on trees and the awesome size of the tail of a jet. At eight months she was forever looking down. I learned that each stone is different, sidewalk cracks make intricate designs and blades of grass come in a variety of greens.
Then she turned 11 months and began saying "Wow!" She spoke this marvelous word for anything new and wonderful to her, such as the assortment of toys she spotted in the pediatrician's office or the gathering of clouds before a storm. She whispered, "Oh, wow!" for things that really impressed her, like a brisk breeze on her face or a flock of geese honking overhead. Then there was the ultimate in "Wow," a mouthing of the word with no sound, reserved for truly awesome events. These included the sunset on a lake after a magnificent day in Minnesota and fireworks in the summer sky.
She has taught me many ways to say "I love you." She said it well one morning when she was 14 months old. We were cuddling. She buried her head in my shoulder and, with a sigh of contentment, said "Happy." Another day (during her terrific twos) she pointed to a beautiful model on the cover of a magazine and said, "Is that you, Mom?" Most recently my now three-year-old walked into the kitchen while I was cleaning up after supper and said, "Can I help?" Shortly after this she put her hand on my arm and said, "Mom, if you were a kid, we'd be friends."
At moments like this, all I can say is, "Oh, wow!"
“My Daughter, My Teacher”
By Janet S. Meyer
By Janet S. Meyer (c) 1997, from Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne and Marci Shimoff
Visit us and read other sample stories and meet the authors. http://www.chickensoup.com
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
If They Wrote Children's Books About The Internet
"One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Screen of Death"
"The Blog of Anne Frank"
"How the Grinch Stole Your Credit Card Information"
"Green Eggs and Spam"
"The Little Search Engine That Could"
"Curious George and Parental Controls"
"Horton Hears A Hacker"
"Frog and Toad Are Dot Com Startups"
"Where the Wild Viruses Are"
"Mary Pop Uppins"
Source: Mark Mail, http://mrhumor.net/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Every now and then my family shakes all the change from our piggy bank and rolls it up. The pig sits empty until our pockets and purses overflow again. Shortly after "rolling day," we had a contractor over to give us estimates on some renovations. As we began to talk about money, our young daughter brought conversation to a halt. "Mommy, does this guy know we don't have a single penny in the bank?"
Submitted by Lorraine
No more credit card offers!
Lately, we've heard so much about spam. It's easy to forget about another annoyance: junk mail. I don't know about you, but I get a lot!
It's the preapproved offers for credit cards that bother me the most. With identity theft on the rise, I don't want offers with my information on them floating around.
Credit card companies get your information from credit reporting agencies. Then, you're bombarded with the offers.
Fortunately, you can opt out of the offers by contacting the credit-reporting agencies. OptOutPrescreen.com makes it easy by consolidating things. Just fill out one form, and you can opt out at all the major credit reporting agencies.
A word of warning: To opt out, you must submit your Social Security number. So don't use a shared computer to submit the form. If you're still leery, use the toll-free number.
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