Day Brightener – Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

GrandfatherWhile I sat in the
 reception area of my doctor’s office, a
 woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room. 
As she went to the
 receptionist’s desk, the man sat there, alone and
 silent. Just as I was
 thinking I should make small talk with him, a little boy
 slipped off his
 mother’s lap and walked over to the wheelchair.
 Placing his hand on the
 man’s, he said, “I know how you feel. My Mom
 makes me ride in the 
stroller too.”

*****

As
 I was nursing my 
baby, my cousin’s six-year-old daughter, Krissy, came
 into the room. Never 
having seen anyone breast feed before, she was intrigued
 and full of all 
kinds of questions about what I was doing. After mulling
 over my answers, she remarked, “My mom has some of those, but I don’t
 think she knows how to 
use them.”

*****

Out bicycling one
 day
 with my eight-year-old granddaughter, Carolyn, I got a
 little wistful. “In ten years,” I said, “you’ll want
 to be with your friends and you won’t go walking, biking, and swimming
 with me like you do 
now.
Carolyn shrugged.
“In ten years you’ll be too old to do all those
 things anyway.”

*****

Working as a
 pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving
 immunization shots to
 children. One day, I entered the examining room to give
 four-year-old Lizzie
 her injection.
“No, no,
   no!” she screamed. “Lizzie,” scolded her 
mother, “that’s not polite behavior.”
 With that, the girl
 yelled 
even louder, “No, thank you! No, thank you!”

*****

On
 the way back from a
 Cub Scout meeting, my grandson innocently said to my son,
 “Dad, I know
 babies come from mommies’ tummies, but how do they get
 there in the first
 place?”

After my son hemmed
 and hawed a while, my grandson finally spoke up in disgust, 
 “You don’t 
have to make up something, Dad. It’s okay if you
 don’t know the
 answer.”

*****

Just before I was
 deployed to Iraq , I sat my eight-year-old son down and
 broke the news to
 him. “I’m going to be away for a long
 time,” I told him. 
“I’m going to Iraq.”

“Why?”
he
 asked. “Don’t you know there’s a war going
 on over there?”

*****

Paul Newman founded 
the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for
 children stricken with
 cancer, AIDS, and blood diseases. One afternoon, he and
 his wife, Joanne Woodward, stopped by to have lunch with the kids. 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?” Blank stares. 
“Well,
  you’ve probably seen his face on his lemonade
 carton.”
An
 eight-year-old girl
   perked up. “How long was he missing?”

*****

And my personal
 favorite…

God’s Problem 
Now! 

His wife’s
 graveside 
service was just barely finished, when there was a massive
 clap of thunder, 
followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning, accompanied by
 even more thunder 
rumbling in the distance. The little, old man looked at
 the pastor and calmly 
said, “Well, she’s there.”

*****

Keep a SMILE on your face ~ And a SONG in
 your heart! 

A smile – is a sign of joy. A hug – is a sign of love. 

A laugh – is a sign of happiness.

 And a friend like me? – Well that’s just a sign of
 good taste! 

We’ll be friends until I am senile.

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