February 25, 2019
Looks fade. Brains don’t.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
When I was working at Kiwanis International, I got a call from the head of the Kennedy Foundation telling me that Eunice Kennedy Shriver was interested in learning more about what Kiwanis was doing with UNICEF. Our worldwide effort at the time was raising the funds to eliminate the world’s leading preventable cause of childhood developmental disabilities.
That phone call resulted in our meeting with Mrs. Shriver for breakfast in New York where we laid the foundation for a joint project in China.
In the months that followed I was able to meet with this amazing lady numerous times. She even spoke at a Kiwanis International annual convention. When I met her flight, she insisted that her and I take a brisk walk through the airport while we waited for her luggage. She had amazing energy. She was an inspiration. I even had a chance later to meet her son Tim, the head of Special Olympics and her husband the legendary Sargent Shriver.
Mrs. Shriver is no longer with us but our world is a better place because of her efforts.
The head of the Kennedy Foundation and I became good friends, he even sent us a housewarming gift when my wife and I moved to our retirement residence.
The Saturday Evening Post is running an article on Mrs. Shriver that I would like to share with you.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver: The Hidden Kennedy Powerhouse
It’s high time we recognized Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the little-known dynamo who used her wits, her father’s fortune, and her powerful brothers’ influence to transform Americans’ attitudes toward the intellectually disabled.
In Community of Caring, we believe the quality of caring we give to our parents, to our brothers and sisters, to our families, to our friends and neighbors, and to the poor and the powerless endows a life, a community with respect, hope and happiness.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
A young woman was having a physical examination and was very embarrassed because of a weight problem. As she removed her last bit of clothing, she blushed. “I’m so ashamed, Doctor,” she said, “I guess I let myself go.”
The physician was checking hers eyes and ears. “Don’t feel ashamed, Miss. You don’t look that bad.”
“Do you really think so, Doctor?” she asked.
The doctor held a tongue depressor in front of her face and said, “Of course. Now just open your mouth and say “Moo!”
A waiter comes over to a table full of women and asks, “Is anything all right?”
An optometrist was instructing a new employee on how to charge a customer.
“As you are fitting his glasses, if he asks how much they cost, you say ‘$75.’
If his eyes don’t flutter, say, ‘For the frames. The lenses will be $50.’
If his eyes still don’t flutter, you add ‘Each.'”
Irving walked into a lawyer’s office and inquired about the lawyer’s rates.
“$150 for three questions,” replied the lawyer.
“Isn’t that awfully steep?” asked Morris.
“Yes,” the lawyer replied, “and what was your third question?”
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quietest voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow”.
An old nun who was living in a convent next to a Brooklyn construction site noticed the coarse language of the workers and decided to spend some time with them to correct their ways. She decided she would take her lunch sit with the workers and talk with them. She put her sandwich in a brown bag and walked over to the spot where the men were eating.
She walked up to the group and with a big smile said : . . . “Do you men know Jesus Christ?”
They shook their heads and looked at each other. One of the workers looked up into the steelwork and yelled “Anybody up there know Jesus Christ?”
One of the steelworkers asked why.
The worker yelled “His wife is here with his lunch”.
Historians have found the first treaty the U.S. government ever signed with the Indians. It states that the Indians can keep their lands “for as long as the river runs clear, the buffalo roam, the grass grows tall and the mountains stand proud – or ninety days – whichever comes first.
Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion.
“I was riding my camel in the middle of the Sahara,” exclaimed the Muslim. “Suddenly, a fierce sandstorm appeared out of nowhere. I truly thought my end had come as I lay next to my camel while we were being buried deeper and deeper under the sand. But I didn’t lose my faith in Allah. I prayed and prayed, and suddenly, for ten miles all around me, the storm stopped and I was able to get back to my village.
The Christian chimed in. “One day while I was fishing in a little rowboat in the ocean, a giant storm came from nowhere. 50 foot waves! I thought my end had truly come. I prayed and prayed to God, and then, for ten miles around me, the storm ceased and I was able to row back to shore.”
The Jew started. “I was in the middle of New York City. Suddenly, a black bag on the ground appeared out of nowhere. I put my hand inside and found that it was full of cash. I truly thought my end had come as it was a Saturday and we’re not allowed to handle money on the Sabbath.
But I didn’t lose my faith. I prayed and prayed, and suddenly, for ten miles around me, it was *Tuesday* !”
Old Jacob Johnson, a raging hypochondriac, was convinced that the pain on his left side was appendicitis. Mrs Johnson explained that his appendix is on the right.
“So, aha! THAT’s why it hurts so much….” said Jacob.
“My appendix is on the wrong side!”
You are the stars and the world is watching you. By your presence, you send a message to every village, every city, every nation. A message of hope. A message of victory.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
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