I was just thinking the other day about how smart kids are, but how funny some of their ideas are. If you stop and think about these, they actually make sense.
A lady rolled her elderly father in a wheelchair into the waiting room of a physician’s office. She left him and walked to the reception desk. As she was doing that, a small boy walked over to the man’s wheelchair, placed his hand on the man’s hand and said to him, “I know how you feel. My mom sometimes makes me ride in a stroller too.”
A grandmother was out bicycling with her 8-year-old granddaughter. She looked over at the child and said, “In ten years you’ll want to be with your friends and won’t go walking, biking and swimming with me like you do now.”
The child shrugged and answered, “In ten years you’ll be too old to do all those things anyway.”
A pediatric nurse was giving immunization shots to children. She started to give -year-old Lizzie her shot, and Lizzie screamed, “No, No, No.”
“Lizzie,” scolded her mother, “that’s not polite.”
With that, the girl yelled even louder, “No, thank you! No thank you!”
A dad and his son were in the car returning from a Cub Scout meeting. The boy innocently said to his dad, “Dad, I know babies come from Mommie’s tummies, but how do they get there in the first place?”
Dad hemmed and hawed awhile and the boy finally spoke again.
“Dad, you don’t have to make up something, it’s okay if you don’t know the answer.”
Just before a soldier was deployed to Iraq, he sat his 8-year-old son down and told him, “Son, I’m going to away for a long time. I’m going to Iraq.”
The boy replied, “Why do you want to go there, don’t you know there’s a war going on over there?”
The actor Paul Newman founded the Hole-in-the-Wall Camp for children stricken with cancer, AIDS or blood diseases. One day, he and his wife Joanne Woodward stopped to have lunch with the children. A counselor at a nearby table, suspecting the young patients wouldn’t know Newman was a famous movie star, explained, “That’s the man who made this camp possible. Maybe you’ve seen his picture on his salad dressing bottle.”
“Well, you’ve probably seen his face on his lemonade carton?”
An 8-year-old girl spoke up.
“How long were you missing?”
EXPLAINING A POSSIBLE ERROR
In a recent Just Thinking, I wrote about things that are happening in our country that disturb me. I mentioned the bankruptcy of Detroit, Mich. I found statistics somewhere that gave the population of Detroit as 800,000. A gentleman I met took issue with that figure and insisted Detroit was no longer that large.
I went to the Internet and was unsuccessful in finding the population of Detroit, but I found Wayne County, which is where Detroit is located.
I discovered that from 2000 to 2012, the population of Wayne County had decreased by 25 percent. The figure at the end of 2012 was 711,00.
I then went to the 2013 edition of the Rand-McNally Road Atlas. That gave the population of Wayne County at the end of that year as 1,820,584 and Detroit as, 713,777.
The 2014 edition of the Rand-McNally Atlas gave Wayne County as, 1,820,584, the same as the 2013 figure. Detroit was, 713,777, also the same as 2013.
I have no idea which figures are accurate, but I assure everyone, I did not intend to give incorrect information.
If you call a dog’s tail a leg, it still has four legs. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.
What new type of book, now found in nearly every home, was introduced in New Haven, Connecticut in 1878?
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package.
– John Ruskin
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Moving to Richmond was the right decision
I was just thinking the other day about a decision I made 30 years ago that was definitely right.
I answered the call of First Baptist Church in Richmond to serve as its minister of music. My first Sunday in that position was Nov. 27, 1983.
The shopping frenzy cuts into Thanksgiving
Anyone who was out this weekend, whether to join in the bargain hunt or out of necessity, met with heavy traffic and people on a mission. Some in a great holiday mood and some frustrated with it all.
I heard a lot of talk about the days when the “blue law” that kept businesses closed on Sunday was in effect. This law came about in colonial times to keep a “rigid religious standard.” But as time progressed, it was shown that those not necessarily religious liked the idea, too, as a family day and day of rest from a busy world.
Does first Thanksgiving compare our observance?
I have done some research on what our forefathers actually ate on the first Thanksgiving in America. This is probably what happened.
Prepare your home for the holiday
Reading “The Night Before Christmas” has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. In the poem the family has prepared for a visit from St. Nicholas with stockings hung by the chimney with care. The chimney must have been clean because Santa came down it with no trouble, just a little ashes and soot on his fur.
Difficult ordeal made easier by caring friends
I was just thinking the other day about a number of things related to my broken hip and that were happy experiences rather than difficult ones.
Resistance to change prevents opportunities
“I heard we may be getting a new computer system installed” a co-worker shares with you. “I heard the changes to the system may be pretty big. I don’t know if I can learn a whole new system again. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we had to upgrade to this one.”
St. Mark Christmas Bazaar Dec. 7
St. Mark's Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. One of the favorite items, the Cookie Trays, a glass plate filled with delicious homemade cookies and decorated with holiday flair will again be available as will tables of other baked goods including pies, cakes, coffeecakes, fruitbreads, candy, and homemade bread. Jams, jellies and pickles will add to the goodies that will tempt your palate. There will also be craft items and a silent auction of two wooden angels, nearly life-size and handcrafted by parishioner Don Fourre, that will be a bargain. What would be a better time than now to purchase them to decorate the front of your home.
Lower cancer risk with these steps
Cancer is second only to heart disease among the leading causes of death. In as much as cancer is the result of errors in the DNA code that occur by chance, the interesting realization is that we have enormous power over whether or not we will develop cancer in our lifetime. Based on the evidence, roughly 60 percent of all cancers could be prevented through diet and healthy lifestyles. Here are some of the most effective ways to lower your cancer risk.
Avoid tobacco exposure. Tobacco use and exposure (second hand and sidestream smoke) represent the single greatest cause of preventable cancer.
The power of routines for children
Most adults have general routines that they follow which give their day a bit of structure and predictability. For example, a morning routine can consist of turning off the alarm clock, going to the bathroom, taking a shower, getting dressed, and then eating breakfast.
The wonderful part of a well-practiced routine is that you don’t have to devote much mental energy to get it completed. These types of routines are particularly well suited for the beginning and ending of a day.
Time to graze dormant alfalfa
With the temperatures dipping into the mid 20s, now is the time to graze off alfalfa fields.
In general, we recommend allowing alfalfa growth to accumulate for about six weeks before the first killing frost is anticipated (no grazing or cutting after Sept. 15).
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