December 6, 2022
Children have more need of models than of critics.
I have an early apointment this morning so here is a reprint of Ray’s Daily from December 6, 2002
Those of us who have access to children have the advantage of being able spend time with them. And we don’t have to wait until Christmas to spend time with the kids and grandkids. If you have some time, spend it with them this weekend.
That was triggered by the following, sent to us by my wife’s friend Jane.
WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN’T LOOKING
A message every adult should read, because children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good and I learned I would have to be responsible when I grew up.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I learned most of life’s lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, “Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.”
I AM SENDING THIS TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE I KNOW DO SO MUCH FOR OTHERS THAT THINK NO ONE EVER SEES. LITTLE EYES SEE A LOT.
Remember you’re never too old to hold your father’s hand.
Molly, Age 11
From his performance reviews:
* his men would follow him anywhere, but only out of morbid curiosity
* works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap
* he would be out of his depth in a parking lot puddle
* this employee should go far, and the sooner he starts the better
* he does not have ulcers, but he’s a carrier
* he would argue with a signpost
* he brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room
* if you see two people talking and one looks bored, he’s the other one
* gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming
* if you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean
* some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled
* takes him 11/2 hours to watch ’60 minutes”
Money is the poor people’s credit card.
Finally, we’ve learned why Webster compiled the dictionary. Every morning at breakfast, he’d sit down and talk to the wife for a few minutes. As soon as he said something, she’d say, “Now what’s that supposed to mean?”
Two women are talking in a coffee shop when one says, “You know, there were very few things that upset my ex-husband.”
“Really?” asks the other woman.
“Yes, and it makes me feel rather special to have been one of them.”
“A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.”
Last year I got my wife a Christmas gift that left her speechless. In fact, she didn’t speak to me for three weeks.
An avid duck hunter was in the market for a new bird dog. His search ended when he found a dog that could actually walk on water to retrieve a duck. Shocked by his find, he was sure none of his friends would ever believe him. He decided to try to break the news to a friend of his, a pessimist by nature, and invited him to hunt with him and his new dog.
As they waited by the shore, a flock of ducks flew by. They fired, and a duck fell. The dog responded and jumped into the water. However, he did not sink but instead walked across the water to retrieve the bird, never getting more than his paws wet.
The friend saw everything but did not say a single word.
On the drive home the hunter asked his friend, “Did you notice anything unusual about my new dog?”
“I sure did,” responded his friend. “He can’t swim.”
Better by far that you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad.
Seven year old Susie went to her dad, who was working in the yard, and asked, “Daddy, what’s sex?” He thought, well, is she interested in this already? Then he decided that if she was old enough to ask the question, then she was old enough to get a straight answer. He proceeded to tell her all about the birds and the bees, embellished with a simple but thorough discussion of what he thought she should know, including discreet references to body parts. When he finished explaining, Susie stood there looking at him with her mouth hanging open.
Her father asked, “Why did you ask this question?”
“Oh,” Susie replied. “Mommy just told me to come outside and find you and tell you that dinner would be ready in a couple of secs.”
Death to all fanatics!
A business executive injured his leg skiing one weekend.
By the time he got home Sunday, the leg was very swollen and he was having difficulty walking, so he called his physician at his home. The doctor told him to soak it in hot water. He tried soaking it in hot water but the leg became more swollen and more painful.
His maid saw him limping and said, “I don’t know, I’m only a maid, but I always thought it was better to use cold water, not hot, for swelling.” He tried switching to cold water, and the swelling rapidly subsided.
On Monday morning he called his Dr. again to complain. “Say Doc, what kind of a doctor are you anyway? You told me to soak my leg in hot water and it got worse. My maid told me to use cold water and it got better.”
“Really?” answered the doctor, “I don’t understand it – my maid said hot water.”
“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”
Robert F. Kennedy
Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of readers from around the world.