Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Meredith's Letter.

Post 457 ~ ~ ~ Tuesday, 27th May, 2008.

Hi Everyone ~~ I hope you are all doing OK and
that the week has started well for you. Mine is
going great so far. Three of my neighbors took
me out for a lovely lunch yesterday, and today I
have been shopping. So I am all stocked up again
and must get into some cooking tomorrow and get
the house in order, as my daughter and most of the
family are coming up for a couple of nights, which
will be very nice. I mostly only see them at Christmas.

We have had some birthdays lately including Big Dave
on 25th and my brother Peter has his 72nd on the 28th
and Janice's Mother on the 29th. So I hope Happy
days are heading their way and they all have terrific
birthdays. A Happy Birthday to you all.

My dear friend Patty aka Old Lady Lincoln has given me an
award ~~ " Blogs that make my day" Thank you dear Patty.

I have to thank Tom who designed it, and pass it on to five (5)
bloggers that make my day.

I have chosen to pass this on to Lady Di and Pea and Renie
and Jim and Nick. I really enjoy all these folk's blogs and
read them daily, so they make my day. A lot of others do also
but I am restricted to five.

Tonight I have a nice story that my friend, Barbara sent me.
Thank you once again, dear Barbara.

I have called it Meredith's Letter. Hope you enjoy it.
The letter.
Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The
day after she died, my 4 year old daughter, Meredith
was crying and talking about how much she missed
Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God
so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would
recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so
she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday
and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am
happy that you let me have her as my dog, even though
she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls
and swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see
her. You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
Love, Meredith.

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey
and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put
our return address. Then Meredith pasted several stamps
on the front of the envelope, because it would take lots
of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That
afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post
office. A few days later she asked if God had gotten the
letter yet. I told her I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper
on our front porch addressed, "To Meredith," in an
unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book
by Mr. Rogers called, "When a Pet Dies." Taped to the
inside front cover was the letter we had written to God
in it's opened envelope. On the opposite page was the
picture of Abbey and Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven.

Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey
right away.

Abbey isn't sick any more. Her spirit is here with me
just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your
dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't
have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am
sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep
and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your
mother for helping you write it and sending it to me.
What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her
especially for you.

I send my blessings every day and remember that I
love you very much.

By the way, I'm easy to find. I am wherever there
is love.

Now for some jokes. Thank Linda for the first one.

When Grandma goes to court. Lawyers should
never ask a Mississippi grandma a question if
they aren't prepared for the answer.

In a trial, a Southern small town prosecuting
attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly,
elderly woman to the stand. He approached her
and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know me?" She
responded, "Why yes, I do know you Mr. Williams.
I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly,
you have been a big disappointment to me. You lie,
you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people
and talk about them behind their backs. You think
you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to
realize you'll never amount to anything more than
a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you."

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else
to do, he po
inted across the room and asked,
"Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?"

She again replied, "Why, yes I do. I've known Mr.
Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He's lazy,
bigoted, and has a drinking problem. He can't build
a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice
is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention
he cheated on his wife with three different women.
One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him."

The defence attorney near;y died.

The judge asked both counselors to approach the
bench and, in a very quiet voice, said,

"If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me,
I'll send you both to the electric chair."

One from our friend Jeanette . Thanks Jan and
I hope you are feeling better.

Inner Strength.

If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches
and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people
with your troubles.

If you can eat the same food every day and be
grateful for it.

If you can understand when your loved ones
are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and blame without

If you can ignore a friend's limited education
and never correct him/her,

If you can resist treating a rich friend better
than a poor friend,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs, . . . . .

Then you are Probably the Family Dog !!

Patient : Doctor, Doctor, I think I'm becoming
Doctor : Who said that?

He went to the opticians and said, "I think
my eyes are going."
The reply he got was: :They're gone, mate.
This is a chip shop."

Question: What are the differences between
psychologists, psychoanalysts, and psychiatrists?

Answer: Psycho
logists build castles in the air,
psychoanalysts live in them and psychiatrists
collect the rent !!
"Mummy," asked a little girl, "do men ever go
to heaven ?"
"Why, yes, of course, dear," answered her
mother. "Why do you ask?"

"Because, I've never seen angels with whiskers."
"Well," replied the mother, "some men do go
to heaven, but they only get there by a close shave."

A fellow went into a bar and ordered a drink.
He gulped it down and to the amazement of the
bartender, also ate the goblet, except for the stem.
He ordered another, swallowed the drink, and
again ate the goblet, leaving the stem.

The bartender then called in a psychiatrist,
explained the man's strange behavior, and asked
if he thought the man was an eccentric.
"He must be," the shrink replied. :The stem's
the best part." ~ ~ ~ P. R. Engele.

Two prisoners were making their escape over
the roof of the jail when one of them dislodged
a tile. "Who's there?" shouted a guard.

The first prisoner replied with a convincing
imitation of a cat's meow. Reassured, the guard
went back to his rounds.

But then the second prisoner dislodged another
tile. The guard repeated, "Who's there?"

"The other cat," answered the prisoner.
~ ~ ~ Laurent Grebert.

Q. What's the difference between ignorance
and apathy.

A. I don't know and I don't care.
~ ~ ~ Daily Telegraph.

Just a few sayings for you ~ ~ ~

I went outside to find a friend,
But could not find one there.
I went outside to be a friend,
And friends were everywhere. ~~ Unknown.

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be
dangerous to offer me the position.
~ ~ ~ Mark Twain.

To love and be loved is the greatest happiness
of existence. ~ ~ Sydney Smith.

Treasure each other in the recognition that we
do not know how long we shall have each other.
~ ~ ~ Joshua Liebman.

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes
several days attack me at once.
! ~ ~ Ashleigh Brilliant.

Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them
down to your level. It's cheaper.
~ ~ ~ Quentin Crisp.

That is it for this post. I am behind in replying
but I will get there eventually. Thank you all
who were kind enough to send me Birthday
wishes. Take care and keep smiling.
Love and Best Wishes to you all, Cheers, Merle.

Post 457 ~ ~ ~ Tuesday, 27th, May, 2008.


Lady Di Tn said...

Beautiful story and funny jokes again. You are a treasure for all us bloggers. Thanks for the award and I think I might have figured out how to display them except on a post. We who do not think with that side of the brain have a hard time figuring things out. Puppy and Prince show me lots of things and then I cannot remember them unless I excute them on a regular basis. Glad your daughter and family will come for a visit and that your 74th was a happy one. Peace

Leann said...

Happy birthday my friend.and many many more.God bless you with health and happyness in all you do joy for the journy and hope for the future.((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))to cheer you flowers to make you smile.
sorry I didnt get to tell you friday on your birthday.
I been in a rut and just didnt have the energy to post.I did one today.it will explain where I was.

I loved the storyabout the dog and the litle girls letter to God.

I lost a 15 year old dog about 20 years ago she was a sweet one of a kind a blessing to all who knew her.her ame was ember.she left a hole in our lives when she left.
as I cryed over her lose a vision came to me.I saw ember walking next to Jesus she was looking back at me as if to say Iam here with Jesus dont worry about me Ill see you again and she smiled and off they walked.this peace washed over me and I ran to tell my two girls what the Lord had showed me.we all felt the peace..

Love from your friend in the midwest.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Happy Birthday to All!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations, Merle, on the neat award!

Old Lady Lincoln said...

Dear Merle, Sounds like you've been having a blast going out to eat, visitors and all. And more coming later in the week. So happy you are enjoying every minute of it. Just don't run out of steam. LOL That happened to me today and I had to take little nap. One reason I am so late getting around to the blogs I like to check on each day. Enjoy your company. Sleep well tonight and get all rested up for the visitors.
Your friend, Patty

Big Dave T said...

Thanks for the birthday announcement, Merle. I appreciate it.

The death of a pet is sad for young and old alike. I remember hearing Jimmy Stewart when he was in his 60s talk about his old dog Beau. It's hard not to hear his poetic tribute to Beau without shedding a tear:


Jeanette said...

Hi Dear Merle,How lovely your two very close neighbours were able to take you out and enjoy a meal together for your Birthday..Great post, nice story about the dog and great jokes..Take care Merle Keep warm, was rather foggy ang chilly this morning. LOve Janxoxoxo

linda may said...

I loved Meredith's letter. Nice one Merle. The best doggie I had was when I was 16. My sister bought me a dog advertised in the paper as "lonely Lois" I named her princess. She was a mixture of Labrador and white German shepherd and lived to be 18 years old.We had many adventures and happy times together and I loved her dearly.

Alice said...

Happy Birthdays to everyone, Merle.

Lovely story about Abbey.

Renie Burghardt said...

Dear Merle,

I am glad things have been going so well with you, and that your daughter and family are coming for a visit. What could be nicer than that? Oh, and thank you for including me in the neat award! This way, I get it twice, which is always nice! :-)

Awww, Meredith's Letter is so touching and sweet. Brings tears to the eyes.

Very funny story about Mississippi Grandma. And the Family Dog story is a good one. Haha. Well, as usual, I enjoyed the jokes greatly, and always leave here with a chuckle and a smile, dear Merle. I am so glad you had such a nice birthday, and I hope the rest of the week will be wonderful as well. Take good care, and see you again, soon.

Love and blessings,


Dave said...

Darn Merle! You had me crying at the first post about the little girl! *S*

Great post as always...

Bear Naked said...

Merediths' letter to God was so nice and the reply from *Him* was beautiful.
Thank you for posting it.

audrey` said...

Dearest Merle

Please have a fabulous and fantastic time with your daughter and her family =)


Jim said...

Hi Merle, it looks like you are having very nice neighbors too! I knew your relatives are all so nice to you.

Thank you for the nice award, I will post this one too. I should award this to you, but since you already have it, I will pass it along. In my very next post, probably this afternoon!

Every word you wrote today was nice, starting with Meridith's dog, Abbie. I remember the book but haven't read it. I should, our Adie is getting old. In fact she is older than I am now in dog years, and I'm about a half year older than you are.

Don't those lawyers in Mississippi have a hard time!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thank you, Merle. Blessings to you for a grand weekend.

Lucy Stern said...

Merle, I liked the story about Merideth and her doggie that died. Wasn't it sweet that she got a letter back from God along with a nice book from Mr. Rogers. So Sweet.