Tuesday, January 02, 2007

I Wish I Had Known.

Post 103 - - - - - Tuesday, 2 January 2007.

Hi Everyone ~~ How are things at your house? Going well I hope, and the new year

starting well for all of you. All OK here, and the house nice and tidy after my lady

came to vacuum etc today, so with that done and plenty of meals cooked, what did

I do ? Caught up reading the last few days papers, AND I went to sleep!!! Must have

been very exciting newspapers. I was disappointed with the way one verse was shown

yesterday, so plan to repeat it, set out better - - wish me luck there! Thank you Lucy

for your appreciation of both verses.

First item is called “Things I wish I had known before I was 21.”

I wish I had known what I was going to do for a living, and what my life would be like.

I wish I had known that my health over 30 was largely dependant on what I had put

into my stomach before I was 21.

I wish I had known how to take care of my money.

I wish I had known that a man’s habits are hard to change after 21.

I wish I had known that the harvest depends so much on the seed sown.

I wish I had known that you can’t get something for nothing.

I wish I had known the folly of not taking the advice of older, wiser people.

I wish I had known that Dad wasn’t such an old fogey after all.

I wish I had known that most things Mum wanted me to do were right.

I wish I had known what it meant for my parents to raise me.

I wish I had known more of the helpful and inspiring parts of the Bible.

I wish I had known the tremendous value of the opportunity and joy of

serving a fellow man.

I wish I had known that there is little better exercise for the heart than

reaching down and helping people up.

I wish I had known that the “sweat of my brow” would earn my bread.

I wish I had known that honesty is the ONLY policy, not only in dealing with

my neighbors but also in dealing with myself and with God.

I wish I had known the value of truthfulness in everything.

And today I wish I knew the formula for impressing on you and other young

people that life is a mirror which will reflect back to you what you think into it.

This was written for a speech t oyoung people by an un-named 50 yr old man.


Repeat of Enough Happiness to keep you happy.

During the year may you have

Enough happiness to keep you sweet.

Enough trials to keep you strong.

Enough sorrow to keep you human.

Enough hope to keep you happy.

Enough failure to keep you humble.

Enough success to keep you eager.

Enough friends to give you comfort.

Enough wealth to meet your needs.

Enough enthusiasm to make you look forward to tomorrow,

Enough determination to make each day better than the day before.


Jokes coming up - - - -

One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along

the roadside eating grass. Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and he got

out to investigate.

He asked one man, “Why are you eating grass ?”

“We don’t have any money for food,” the poor man replied. “We have to eat grass.”

“Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I will feed you, the lawyer said.

“But sir, I have a wife and 2 children with me. They are over there under that tree.”

“Bring them along,” the lawyer replied. Turning to the other poor man he stated,

“You come with us also. The second man, in a pitiful voice then said, “But sir, I also have

a wife and SIX children with me.” “Bring them all, as well, the lawyer answered.

They all entered the limo, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine

was. Once underway, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, “Sir, you are

too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.”

The lawyer replied, “Glad to do it. You’ll really love my place.

The grass is almost a foot high !!!”


The next one was sent by my friend Kerri some time ago. Thanks Kerri.

A blind man enters a Ladies Bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a

drink. After sitting there for a while he yells to the bartender, “Hey, do you want to hear

a blonde joke?”

The bar immediately falls absolutely quiet. In a deep husky voice, the woman next to him says,

“Before you tell that joke, sir, I think it is just fair – given that you are blind – that you should

know five things.

1 – The bartender is a blonde girl.

2 – The bouncer is a blonde girl.

3 – I’m a 6 feet tall, 220 lb woman with a black belt in karate.

4 – The woman sitting next to me is a blonde and is a professional weight lifter.

5 – The lady to your right is a blonde and is a professional wrestler.

“Now think about it seriously, mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke ?”

The blind man thinks for a second, shakes his head, and declares,

“Nah, not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times.”


A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption.. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and

is named “Amal.” The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him “Juan.” Years later, Juan

sends a picture of himself to his mum. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husand that she

wishes she also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds, “But they are twins. If you have

seen Juan, you’ve seen Amal.” (I think this is in the pronounciation.)


Two confirmed bachelors sat talking, their conversation drifted from politics to cooking.

“I got a cookbook once,” said one, “but I could never do anything with it.”

“Too much fancy work in it, eh ?” asked the other.

“You said it. Every one of the recipes began the same way – ‘Take a clean dish’ !!”


As this post is getting too long, as have some of my recent ones, I will skip the quotes tonight,

and hopefully will be back to see you tomorrow. Take care, my friends. Merle.

Post 103 - - - - - Tuesday, 2 January 2007.



Gwen said...

Hi Dear Merle..
Thanks for visiting,and I certainly
"WISH" I knew before I was 21 what I know now.
"ALWAYS"is a nice song stay well xx

Judy said...

Good morning, Merle. I have (somewhere) a little soemthing about how a boy looks at his dad at different ages. If I can find it again, I'll send it to you. It's amazing how much our kids get back to being "human" when they reach adulthood, isn't it?

Susie said...

Good morning Merle...
Loved both verses and I did laugh at the Juan and Amall joke!

jel said...

have a great 2007! :)

Raggedy said...

Happy New Year!
You have been in my thoughts and prayers often. I have missed you.
Great post!
It is good to be back.
Extra hugs for all the time missed.

Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

Chrystal said...

Hi Merle,
Thanks for stopping over! :) I loved your jokes, something to laugh at after a hard days work!Have a happy new year!

Leann said...

well I sat down with my glass of juice and fired up my computer to check my blog.and there was this sweet face looking back at me.I pushed the name and ended up cracking up for the next few minutes,even read them to my daughter.you dear are a hoot.I soooo needed a good laugh.you can stop any time on my blog.love yours keep the jokes coming.God bless you.

Kila said...

Reading and napping--sounds like a great day :)

Lee said...

Hiya Merle...again thanks for the smiles.

It's raining beautiful rain up here today...and I'm spending the day watching the cricket...not feeling guilty at all! ;)

Margaret said...

Dear Merle, I wish Iwish I wish!
That would not really work though Merle, as we would all then be perfect, live perfect happy lives and be perfectly boring to ourselves and others,might be nice to try though.... Thank you for your nice comment, I really value your friendship as well.
Love Margaret

audrey` said...

Dearest Merle

The qoutes on "Enough Happiness" are full of wisdom.
Thank you, my friend =)

Pamela said...

Merle, those are words to live by given by the 50 year old...if only we had known then what we know now!!!

Take a clean dish, oh my! :) Take care and Hope you are enjoying the first days of the New Year!

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