Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Another Wednesday has arrived!

I can't believe another Wednesday has arrived. This year is flying fast. In 51 days, we leave for vacation in Florida, in 91 days, my baby turns 16 and will get her DL, And in 125 days, I turn 40!! Which leads me to my first joke of the day:

To Be 6 Again...
A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like to have for her Birthday. 'I'd like to be six again', she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, 'Well Dear, what was it like being six again??'

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. 'I meant my dress size, you dummy !'

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong. SEND THIS TO SMART WOMEN WHO NEED A LAUGH AND TO MEN YOU THINK CAN HANDLE IT.
Now I don't know your opinions but this is a topic a group of my friends has been discussing lately: How people inappropriately dress these days. And I am not just talking teens here. Adults as well. Next time you are in the airport or just traveling and checking into your resort or hotel, do a little people watching. Even at the mall OR even in church. It is appalling how people dress today, even to run a few errands. So here comes the next little joke:

A teenage granddaughter comes downstairs for her date with this see-through blouse on and no bra. Her grandmother just pitched a fit, telling her not to dare go out like that! The teenager tells her 'Loosen up Grams, these are modern times. you gotta let your rose buds show!' And out she goes.

The next day the teenager comes down stairs, and the grandmother is sitting there with no top on. The teenager wants to die. She explains to her grandmother that she has friends coming over and that it is just not appropriate....

The grandmother says, 'Loosen up, Sweetie. If you can show off your rose buds, then I can display my hanging baskets.
I have several friends who are teachers and a few of them work with inner city or special needs students. Some elementary and some are high school teachers. One of them sent me the following: Each year on the first day of school, Henry (our principal) reads this.......never do I hear it w/out shedding a tear......makes us all take a closer look at how we treat others.

Now for heartstring tugger #1: "The Perfume"

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth . Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath . In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant.

It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big 'F' at thetop of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise. Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... he is a joy to be around.' His second grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.' His third grade teacher wrote, ' His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken.' Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class.'

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's ..

His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle ofthe other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing , and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, 'Mrs.Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to.' After the children left, she cried for at least an hour.

On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive.The more she encouraged him , the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her 'teacher's pets.'

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Six years went by before she got another note fromTeddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school,third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduatefrom college with the highest of honors . He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had ever had in his whole life. Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got hisbachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had But now his name was a little longer....The letter was signed, Theodore F.Stoddard , MD.

The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together. They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, 'Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me, Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.'

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, 'Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you.'

Warm someone's heart today. . . pass this along. Just try to make a difference in someone's life today? tomorrow? just 'do it'. Random acts of kindness, I think they call it.' Believe in Angels, then return the favor'
And on that note....the Quote of the Day:

There is always something to chuckle about.
Sometimes we see it. Sometimes we don't.
Still, the world is filled with humor.
It is there when we are happy and it is there to cheer us up when we are not.
~Allen Klein


luvmy4sons said...

Too funny!

PAT said...

Jenn..this was a fabulous post, all the way through!

Thanks so much.

Karen said...

I have enjoyed your posts, sorry I haven't had much commenting time! You are younger than me - I turn 41 in August. Turning 40 was pretty cool, I loved it, wondered what was up with everyone freaking out around me. Yet it seems that now every magazine I open, make up product I see has a 'For the over 40's' 'Hope for the over 40's' 'How to keep your figure when you are over 40'. Almost like the day you turn 40 everything will slip down like a landslide or an avalanche. 'Don't wear matt eye make up once over 40' another article said...goodness me, could need counselling reading all that stuff :-) Congrats to your daughter - wow, what a clever girl you must be so proud!