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As good as it getsPosted Monday, May 11, 2009, at 7:47 AM
Unfortunately, I gave in to his pleas for me to get down on the kitchen floor and play cars with him! Arggg! Saturday night I could not walk!! I had to get up the stairs with a walking stick! Excruciating pain shooting up my right leg.
Fortunately, Sunday morning found me fully recovered and able to take the dogs for a walk on the lane. Whew! Disaster averted! I must come up with another method - perhaps getting a cover for my coffee table and playing cars up there, where "Mi-Mi" can sit on the couch! Ouch!
This morning my friend Teresa Jansen sent me an adorable e-mail, which I shall share with you. I may have read these "great truths" before, but if I have, the lines to those memories are completely down.
GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED:
1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptise cats.
2) When your Mum is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.
GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:
1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts..
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise.. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fibre, not the toy.
7) Do not try to play cars with your grandchildren on the kitchen floor...Your back will not survive.
8) Grandchildren are one of the few compensations for growing old.
9) Nothing is more wonderful than seeing life through the eyes of a child.
From the lush green hills of Tillman, Missouri, this is your creaky rural reporter Madeline, trying to do the best with what's left of my ancient body and brain...
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.