Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Best Dad.

Post 375 ~ ~ ~ Sunday, 2nd December, 2007.

Hello Everyone ~ ~ All well here and hope you are the same.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend, ours is nearly gone.
It has been hot again, and the cooler gets a good work- out.
I spent a fair amount of yesterday cooking a Lamb roast.

Sorry I confused a few folk yesterday with the term "compo"
It is short for Worker's Compensation. (Money paid for those
too ill to work.) The guy in the joke was well enough to go to
a bar and drink etc and did not want to be healed, or he would
have to go back to work. He was pretty disrespectful as well as
lazy. All Aussies are not like that, but some are !!

Tonight's story is called "The Best Dad." Hope you enjoy it.

Years ago I heard a story of a dad named Paul who gave his
young son a small chalkboard to practice writing on. One
evening his son called out from the bedroom, "Dad, how do
you spell 'best' ?" Paul told him.

Moments later, the boy hollered : "How do you spell 'kid' ?"
Finally he asked, "How do you spell 'ever' ?"

When the boy presented him with the sentence he had written
on the chalkboard, Paul expected to see "I am the best kid ever."
Instead, the boy beamed as he gave his dad this message :
"You are the best dad a kid can ever have."

Paul recalled that it was one of the best days of his life. In fact
he had to buy his son another chalkboard because he wanted to
save this message forever and hang it on his wall. It's still there.

Feeling appreciated is enormously important to adults as well
as children. So much so that we often don't think enough about
what we'd most like to be appreciated for.

Being appreciated at work is a big deal. Who doesn't want
approval and respect from one's boss and co-workers? Beyond
the economic value of raises, promotions, and commendations,
praise can be gratifying and motivating, That's why good
employers look for opportunities to acknowledge and thank
employees for their contributions.

Yet as meaningful as work recognition is, if you could choose
between winning your child's "Best Dad a Kid Can Ever Have"
award and being named "Best Employee,"which would you choose?

The point is not to belittle the pursuit of approval in your business
life but to remind you how much more meaningful it is to know
you're important to and appreciated by the people who love you
and need you the most. And your most important job in life is to
be worthy of that appreciation.

Being the "best ever" mom or dad, husband or wife, or friend ~~
it just doesn't get any better than that.
Time for some jokes ~ ~ ~

Mick appeared on the Irish version of 'Who Wants to be a
millionaire' and towards the end of the program had already
won $500,000.

"You've done very well so far," said the show's presenter, "but
for $1 million you've only got one lifeline left ~ phone a friend.
Everything is riding on this question . . . will you go for it ?"
"Sure," said Mick. "I'll have a go,"

"OK, The question is : Which of the following birds does not
build its own nest ? a. Robin, b. Sparrow, c. Cuckoo, or
d, Thrush."
"I haven't got a clue ," said Mick, "so I'll use my last lifeline and
phone my friend Paddy back home in Ballygoon."

Mick calls up his mate, told him the circumstances and repeated
the question to him.
"Bloody hell, Mick !" cried Paddy, "That's simple . . .it's a cuckoo."
:Are you sure, Paddy ?" asked Mick. "I'm very sure."

Mick hung up the phone and told the TV presenter, "I'll go with
cuckoo as my answer."
"Is that your final answer? asked the host. "That it is sir."

There was a long , long pause, then the presenter screamed,
"Cuckoo is the correct answer ! Mick, you have won $1 million."
The next night, Mick invited Paddy to their local pub to buy him
a drink. "Tell me Paddy? How in the world did you know it was
the cuckoo that doesn't build its own nest ? I mean you know
nothing about birds."

"For Goodness sake !" laughed Paddy, " everybody knows a
cuckoo lives in a clock !!"

One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex was staring
up at a large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. It was
covered with names, and small flags mounted either side of it.

The seven year old had been staring at the plaque for some time,
so when the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and
saidquietly, "Good morning, Alex."
"Good morning Pastor," replied the young man, still focused
the plaque. "Pastor, what is this ?"

"Well son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who
died in the service."
Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little
Alex's voice was barely audible, trembling with fear, when he
asked, "Which service, the 9.45 or the 11.15 ?"

Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 89, are excited about their
decision to get married.

They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding and on the way they
pass a Chemist. (drugstore) Jacob suggests they go in.
Jacob addresses the man behind the counter, "Are you the owner?"
The pharmacist answers, "Yes.
Jacob : We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?"
Pharmacist : "Of couse we do."
Jacob : "How about medication for circulation ?"
Pharmacist : "all kinds."
Jacob : Medicine for rheumatism, scoliosis ?"
Pharmacist : "Definitely."
Jacob : "How about Viagra ?"
Pharmacist : "Of course."
Jacob : "Medication for memory problems, arthitis, jaundice ?"
Pharmacist : "Yes, a large variety. . . the works !"
Jacob : What about vitamins, sleeping pills, antidotes for
Parkinson's Disease ?"
Pharmacist : "Absolutely."
Jacob : "You sell wheelchairs and walkers ?"
Pharmacist : "All speeds and sizes . . .why do you ask. . . is there
something I can help you with ?"
Jacob : "We'd like to nominate your store as our Bridal Gift

She is sitting at the table with her gourmet coffee.
Her son is on the cover of the Wheaties Box.
Her daughter is on the cover of Business Week.
Her boyfriend is on the cover of Playboy.
And her husband is on the back of the milk carton.

A blonde and a lawyer are seated next to each other on a
flight from Sydney to Perth.

The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game ? The
blonde, tired, just wants to take a nap, politely declines and
turns over to the window to catch a few winks. The lawyer
persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun.
He explains, "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the
answer, you pay me $5, and vice versa."

Again, she declines and tries to get some sleep.
The lawyer, now agitated, says, OK, if you don't know the answer,
you pay me $5, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500."

This catches the blonde's attention and figuring that there will be
no end of this torment unless she agrees to play the game, says "OK."

The lawyer asks the first question. "What is the distance from the
earth to the moon ?"
The blonde doesn't say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a
$5 bill and hands it to the lawyer.

"OK ." says the lawyer, "your turn."
She asks the lawyer, "What goes up the hill with three legs and
comes down with four legs ?"The lawyer puzzled, takes out his
laptop computer and searches all his references, no answer. He
taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the net and
a library, no answer. Frustrated, he sends e mails to all his friends
and co-workers, but to no avail.

After an hour, he wakes the blonde, and hands her $500. The
blonde says "Thank you." and turns back to get some more sleep.
The lawyer is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks,
"Well, what is the answer ?"

Without a word, the blonde reaches for her purse and hands the
lawyer $5, and goes back to sleep.

Two blondes are walking down the street. One notices a compact
on the sidewalk and leans down to pick it up.

She opens it and looks in the mirror and says, "Hmm, this person
looks familiar."

The second blonde says, :Here let me see !"
So the first blonde hands her the compact. The second one looks
in the mirror and says, "You dummy, it's me !!"

Q. Why are blonde jokes so short ?
A. So men can remember them.

A few quotes to close with ~ ~ ~

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him,
~ ~ Voltaire.

The only time people dislike gossip is when the gossip is
about them. ~ ~ ~ Will Rogers.

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are
too strong to be broken. ~ ~ ~ Samuel Johnson.

Be happy while you are living, because you are a long time
dead. ~ ~ ~ Scottish Proverb.

The grand essentials of happiness are : something to do;
something to love; and something to hope for.
~ ~ ~
Allan K. Chalmers.

Enough for tonight, my friends. Please take care of yourselves
and your loved ones. Do something nice for someone, even if
it is only a smile for someone sad. Love and best wishes to you
all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 375 ~ ~ ~ Sunday, 2nd December, 2007.


Michael said...

I think you hae excelled yourself this time, thanks alot

audrey` said...

Dearest Merle

You're one of the best ever blogger friends around =)
Take care.

Gledwood said...

Hi Merle
This is a slight irrelevant turn...
but about "how do you spell"... I remember being ... maybe 8,9 yrs old asking my mum how do you spell x y z bc I was trying to type on a typewriter. ... actually maybe I was younger than that... every word she spelled out I STILL spelt wrong haha!

I was so sorry to hear about Olive it's not right that your children should go before you - even if you ARE 108... know what I mean??

Lady Di Tn said...

I am THANKFUL THAT YOUR BLOG BEGINS WITH T so the best is saved for last.
You never fail to bring a smile or chuckle to the room. Thank you dear friend.

Lady Di Tn said...

forgot to mention about the email warning. thanks I cannot imagine anyone enjoying doing that.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Blessed first Sunday of Advent to you, Merle.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Hi Merle. Sorry to hear about the heat down there. Maybe you should come and live in Queensland, it's been most pleasant. I woke this morning to the sound of's gone now so I'm doing the laundry.

Hope all is well with you and thank you for your inspirational post.

Hugs xoxo

Patty said...

Dear Merle,
How true, being able to say someone considers me a Best Mom, Best Grandma, Best Wife, Best Daughter, Best Sister, or Best friend. Is way better then the Best Employee of the week, month or year. Hope you had a wonderful week-end, Best Friend.

Jim said...

Hi Merle -- You are the best joke blogger a reader can have. Thank you for your daily journal. You make that work real good.

Thanks too for the blonde jokes. The Irish one was my favorite today.

mreddie said...

Sorry it has been so hot for you - it's moderate here and very good weather for working outside. Thanks for explaning "compo" - wasn't familiar with the term. Good one about the 'cuckoo'. :) ec

Janice said...

Hi Merle,

I think the blond on the plane with the lawyer wasn't so dumb.


Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Merle,

I enjoyed the Best Dad, and being appreciated is so important, isn't it?

Loved the jokes. Especially about the Bridal Registry. The blond on the plane wasn't so dumb, after all. Lol. Love the grand essentials for happiness.

A visit with you is always a pleasure, dear Merle. Have a wonderful day, and stay cool!

Warmest regards,


Jeanette said...

Hi Dear Merle, Im late tonight just got in from a dinner xmas breakup.nice dad story , great jokes laughed out loud at Jacob amd Rebecca's bridal pennant tomorrow so im off to bed. stay well, enjoy the drop of rain for the Jan

Gledwood said...

... o dear me... cuckoos in clocks... i thought only SWISS people thought that!!!


daffy said...

Hello Merle, lovely story. Thank you.
I'm on my way over for my roast lamb! ;o)

Daffy xx

Christina said...

really great post. came just at the right time for me somehow...

Leann said...

as always a wonderful post.glad to hear all is well with you my dear.
its cold here and we had a lot of snow.everything is white.the snow was 4 to 6 inches in some places.some had sleet and ice in some states.
my daughter Anna and her hubby came and took the snow off my van for me.and got me a few things from the store.that was so nice of them.they are good kids.
have a great week and God bless you.

LZ Blogger said...

Merle ~ It is a good thing that you explained that... I thought that compo was short for compost... or may be there IS a connection there? ~ jb///