Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Too Busy for a Friend.

Post 61 - - - Wednesday, 8 November 2006.

Hi there everyone, I hope you are having or have had a really great day. A pleasant day here, although “they” have predicted rain for Sunday, so I hope they are right. The next three days are supposed to be quite warm – up to 33 Celsius, which is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so soon I will be complaining that it is too darn hot.

My dear friend Robyn has sent me another story today. It is very nice, but we may need a tissue. It is called - - - “Too Busy to be a Friend.” I hope you like it.

This is rather lovely and makes us think..


Too busy for a Friend

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other
students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each

Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about
each of their classmates and write it down.
It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment,
and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a
separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that
individual. On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before
long, the entire class was smiling. "Really?" she heard whispered. "I
never knew that I meant anything to anyone!" and, "I didn't know others liked
me so much." were most of the comments

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if
they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter.
The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with
themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students was killed in Viet Nam and his
teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a
serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature.
The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him
took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin.

As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her.

"Were you Mark's math teacher?" he asked. She nodded: "yes."
Then he said: "Mark talked about you a lot." After the funeral, most of Mark's
former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark's mother and father
were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.

"We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of his
pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might
recognize it."

Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper
that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacher
knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed
all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him

"Thank you so much for doing that," Mark's mother said. "As you can see,
Mark treasured it. All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around.

Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list.
It's in the top drawer of my desk at home."
Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album."

"I have mine too," Marilyn said. "It's in my diary."
Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her
wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group "I carry this with
me at all times," Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued:
"I think we all saved our lists."

That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and
for all his friends who would never see him again
The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will
end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be.
So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special
and important. Tell them, before it is too late.

And One Way To Accomplish This Is: Send this message on. If you do
not send it, you will have, once again passed up the wonderful opportunity to
do something nice and beautiful. If you've received this, it is because
someone cares for you and it means there is probably at least someone for
whom you care.

If you're "too busy" to take those few minutes right now to forward this
message on, would this be the VERY first time you didn't do that little
thing that would make a difference in your relationships? The more people
that you send this to, the better you'll be at reaching out to those you
care about.

Remember, you reap what you sow. What you put into the lives of
others comes back into your own.

May Your Day Be As Blessed As You Are Special

Now for some jokes - - - -

Screwing All Night.

It’s the Spring of 1957, and Bobby ’s ready to pick up his date. He is a pretty hip guy with his own car. When he arrives at the front door, the girl’s father invites him in. “Carrie is not ready

yet, so why don’t you have a seat?” he says. “That’s cool,” says

Bobby. Carrie’s father asks Bobby what they are planniing to do. Bobby replies politely that they will probably go to a movie.

Carrie’s father responds, “ Why don’t you two go out and screw? I hear all the kids are doing it.”

This comes as a surprise to Bobby, so he asks Carrie’s father to repeat it. “Yeah,” says Carrie’s father, “Carrie really likes to screw. She’d screw all night if we let her.”

Well this made Bobby’s eyes light up and his evening was looking pretty good. A few minutes later, Carrie comes down-stairs and says she is ready to go.

Almost breathless with anticipation, Bobby escorts his date out the front door. About 20 minutes later, Carrie rushes back into the house, slams the door behind her, and screams

at her father, “DAMMIT DADDY !! IT’S CALLED THE TWIST !!!”


Comments at your Funeral.

Three friends die in a car accident and they go to an orientation in heaven. They are all asked, “ When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning you, what would you like to hear them say about you?

The first guy says, “I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor, and a great family man.”

The second guy says, “I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher which made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.”

The last guy replies, “ I would like to hear them say - - -

“Look, He’s moving.”


A few random thoughts - - -

It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised it’s burial cost and blamed it on the cost of living.

It is said that if you lined up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try and pass them.

Laughing stock – cattle with a sense of humor.

You can’t have everything, where would you put it?

Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the

world’s population.

If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

Eat right. Stay fit. Die anyway.

The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got there first.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish

and he will sit in a boat drinking beer all day.

Enough for tonight. Keep well and happy, Cheers, Merle.

Post 61 - - - Wednesday, 8 November 2006.


Jeanette said...

Dear Merle
Areal nice story. Still laughing at Carries dad. and great random thoughts. cant have everything.
Im going to Melbourne Friday for the weekend so will catch up again Monday eve. Take care,Jan

lori said...

This story touch my heart. I didn't read that funnies yet. I want this story to stay for a while. I'll be back later for the funnies.

JunieRose2005 said...


I was very touched by the story. Good message there for all of us!

...and that joke about 'The Twist' was very funny!!!


Tammy said...

Thanks for all that you share with us each day dear Merle!!
I just love you and your site!!

Sue said...

We loved the comments at a funeral and the Twist jokes! Someone emailed me that story that Robyn sent you. Very moving indeed..

Gwen said...

Hi Merle ..No one should ever be too busy to listen,enjoyed your jokes as usual.
Poor father its a shame he had trouble with his spelling Ha!Ha!
I will be off line till the 14th
Keep Well till then.

Nancy said...

I loved the teacher story. My most recent post is about visiting my daughters classroom and what a blessing it was to watch her touch the lives of the children in her class... a blessing indeed! Thanks for sharing.

Pamela said...

Merle, oh my goodness, isn't that touching and so very powerful. I am going to give a copy of it to my brother who is a teacher. We never realize the impact our words have on one another. :)

Love the twist joke! Whew!

Granny said...

Lovely story.

Thanks for the comment. As you can see, I'm back.

audrey` said...

"Too Busy For A Friend" is so touching.

Thank you, Merle =)
You've a very big heart.
God bless you.