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Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of "The Quill".
Here we are in the first official week of spring and Palm Sunday is next weekend.
Some field work has been accomplished around these parts. NH3 has been applied, fertilizer spread and oats sowed. I noticed a field of sod, moldboard plowed. Various dozers are runn'n a dress'n up winter's damage. I notice some planters be'n worked on and a lot of anticipation ahead.
Easter is the first of April and not much serious field work takes place around here fer the average, until after Easter Sunday. Least ways that was a common thought held by "Old Tymers" around this neck of the woods as a rule of thumb.
Here is some information on young'ns:
1. A four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy just said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry."
2. Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different hair color than the other members. One of her students suggested that he was adopted. A little girl said, "I know all about adoption, I was adopted."
"What does it mean to be adopted?" asked another child.
"It means" said the girl, "that you grew in your mommy's heart instead of her tummy."
3. On my way home one day, I stopped to watch a little league baseball game that was being played in a park near my home. As I sat down behind the bench on the first base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was. "We're behind 14 to nothing," he answered with a smile.
"Really," I said. "I have to say you don't look very discouraged."
"Discouraged?", the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face.
"Why should we be discouraged? We haven't been up to bat yet."
4. Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot in life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott.
Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play. His mother told me that he'd set his heart on being in it, though she feared he would not be chosen.
On the day the parts were awarded, I went with her to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement. "Guess what, Mom," he shouted, and then said those words that will remain a lesson to me.."I've been chosen to clap and cheer."
5. An eye witness account from New York City, on a cold day in December, some years ago: A little boy, about 6-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window and shivering with cold.
A lady approached the young boy and said, "My, but you're in such deep thought staring in the window!"
"I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes," was the boy's reply.
The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.
She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel.
By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes.
She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, "No doubt, you will be more comfortable now."
As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her:
"Are you God's wife?"
Hope this put a smile on your face, it sure did mine!
And now fer some sage wisdom:
As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that: Whether we wear a $300 or $30 watch-they both tell the same time.
Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/purse-the amount of money inside is the same.
Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $30 or $3 wine-the hangover is the same.
Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3,000 or 30,000 square feet-the loneliness is the same. And we realize our true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.
Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down-we go down with it
Therefore..We should realize that when we have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, kids, with whom we can chat, laugh, talk, sing, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth-that is true happiness!
Six Undeniable Facts of Life
1. Don't educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price.
2. Best wise words: "Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food."
3. The one who loves you will never leave you because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find one reason to hold on.
4. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few folks really understand that.
5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!
6. If you just want to walk fast, walk alone; but, if you want to walk far, walk together!
Six Best Doctors in the World
The nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts, the safest place to be is in someone's prayers, and the very best place to be is in the hands of God.
Well there ya have it then fer this week. I'm a hope'n ya have a good rest of the week fer you and yours.
Hope'n ta see ya in church this weekend along with yer family and others ya love.
Remember, wherever ya are, whatever ya be a do'n "BE A GOOD ONE!"
Keep on Smile'n
Count yer many Blessings
Catch ya later,