Friday, February 16, 2007

Tell Him Now.

Post 142 - - - - - - Friday, 16 th February, 2007.

Everyone ~~ I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. All OK here.
I am expecting my younger son Geoff and his lovely wife Joanne to arrive in the
next hour. so I will have to type fast !!! We have a nice meal waiting to be heated
in the microwave - - roast turkey roll and roast vegies and others, (you know me !)

I have a nice little poem tonight called "Tell Him Now."

If with pleasure you are viewing,
Any work a friend is doing,
If you like him or you love him, tell him now.
Don't withhold your approbation,
Till the preacher make oration,
And he lies with snowy lilacs on his brow;
For, no matter how you shout it,
He doesn't think a thing about it,
He'll not know how many teardrops you have shed;
So if you think some praise is due him,
Now's the time to slip it to him,
For he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead.

More than fame and more than money
Is the comment kind and sunny,
And the beauty, warm approval of a friend;
For it gives to life a savour
And it makes you stronger, braver,
And it gives you heart and courage to the end;
If he earns your praise, bestow it,
If you like him, let him know it,
Let the words of true encouragement be said;
Do not wait till life is over,
And he sleeps beneath the clover,
For he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead.

This joke was sent by my other son John. It is called "The Middle Wife"
written by an anonymous 2nd grade teacher. Thanks John.

I've been teaching now for about 15 years. I have 2 kids myself, but the best birth
story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back.

When I was a kid, I loved show and tell. So I always have a few sessions with my
students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show and tell is pretty tame.
Kids bring in pet turtles, model airoplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that.
I never ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it to school and talk about it, they're welcome.

Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn
and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.

She holds up the snapshot of an infant. "This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday."

"First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed
in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through
the umbrella cord."

She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.

"Then about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh,'
and Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. She walked around the house
for, like an hour, 'Oh, Oh, Oh,' "
Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.

"My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on
the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this." Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.

"And then, pop ! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew, and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew !" This kid had her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing. It was too much !!

"Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push' and 'breathe, breathe'. They start
counting, but never even got past ten.

Then all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that
they said was from Mom's play-center, so there must be a lot os toys inside there."

Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I'm sure I
applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it's show and tell day, I bring my
camcorder, just in case another "Middle Wife" comes along.


In an old people's home, an 87 year old woman walked into the recreation room, holding her clenched fist in the air, and announced, "If anyone can guess what I've
got in my hand, you can make love to me tonight."

One uninterested old codger called out, "An elephant."

The old woman said, "Near enough."


Did you hear about the man who stole a calender, What did he get? 12 months!!

Some quick quotes - - - -

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality
through not dying. - - - - Woody Allen.

There is no such thing as a non-working mother. - - - Hester Mundis.

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. - - - Steven Wright.

The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists.--Sam Ewing.

Bye for now folks, be back with you tomorrow. Enjoy the weekend coming up.
Take care of yourselves and each other. Cheers, Merle.

Post 142 - - - - - Friday, 16 th February, 2007.


Peter said...

Hi Merle, good post I loved the Middle Wife probably have to steal it.

Susie said...

Loved the middle wife joke!
Have a nice visit with your son and his wife!

PEA said...

Hello dear Merle,

Lol I can just picture that little girl doing her Show & Tell! hehe That is too cute. Loved all the jokes and quotes..."There is no such thing as a non-working mother" is right!!

Enjoy your visit with your son and wife...I talked to both of mine on the phone last night and now I know they're both doing good:-) I guess we never stop worrying about them, no matter what age!

Take care my friend! Hugs xox

Dixiechick said...

Loved the middle wife joke...

Have a great dinner with your son and daughter-in-law... it's always nice to have family for dinner...

JunieRose2005 said...


Loved the little girl with Show & Tell! I can believe that could happen! ;)

Have a good weekend!


Vickie said...

Merle, Hope you have a great visit with your son.

As always I enjoyed my visit here and loved the jokes as well as the quotes.

Take care and enjoy your visit and the weekend.

Jeanette said...

Dear Merle.
Have a lovely visit with Geoff and Joanne. dinner sounds nice enjoy.
great jokes and quotes.
the middle wife got my vote today and theres no such thing as a non working mother. Take care keep cool (((HUGS)))Janxxx

Raggedy said...

G'day Merle,
I hope you have a lovely visit with Geoff & Joanne. I am certain they won't go away hungry.
Good post. I really liked the midwife story.
Cheers and enjoy your company.
hugs and love dear friend,

Margaret said...

Dear Merle, loved the show and tell, it was all good though as usual. Thanks for visit, thanks for emails as well.
Love Margaret

Michelle said...

Jeeez Merle you cook some yummmy things, lucky i'm not living closer LOL, enjoy your weekend!

Lee said...

Sorry I've not poked my nose through your door for a couple of days, Merle...somehow the time has gotten away from me...I was planning and preparing a luncheon for today, Saturday...which turned out to be lots of fun. :)

Have a great time with Geoff and Joanne...have a top weekend. :)