Thursday, May 29, 2008

I never noticed this before! Maybe you have!

I had to go to the kitchen and look for myself! Whoever looks at the end of your aluminum foil box?

I been using aluminum foil for as long as I can remember! Great stuff, but sometimes a pain. You know, like when you are in the middle of doing something and you try to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. The roll comes out at the wrong times.

Well, I would like to share this with you. Look at the end of the aluminum foil box and it says, Press here to lock end. Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place.

How long has this little locking tab been there? I also looked at the Saran wrap box and found the same thing! I can't count the number of times the Saran wrap roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up.

I hope I'm not the only person that didn't know about this!

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Wooden Bowl

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irrated with the mess. 'We must do something about father,' said the son. 'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.'

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four year old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?' Just as sweetly, the boy responded, 'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.' The four year old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.


On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:
A rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

I'VE LEARNED THAT MAKING A 'LIVING' IS NOT THE SAME THING AS MAKING A 'LIFE'.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I'VE LEARNED THAT IF YOU PURSUE HAPPINESS, IT WILL ELUDE YOU. BUT, IF YOU FOCUS ON YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIENDS, THE NEEDS OF OTHERS, YOUR WORK AND DOING THE VERY BEST YOU CAN, HAPPINESS WILL FIND YOU.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I'VE LEARNED THAT EVEN WHEN I HAVE PAINS, I DON'T HAVE TO BE ONE.

I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch...holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I'VE LEARNED THAT I STILL HAVE A LOT TO LEARN.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Our Anniversary!

Today is our 18th Anniversary! I guess that if you count dating, it would really be 20 years together! Time flies! It's hard to believe it's been 18 years already!

Tonight, we're going out to dinner as a family and then we plan to sit down and watch our wedding video! Our son will probably get a kick out of that!