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Look carefully...at the seemingly small moments...in the constant shaping of souls.- Neal A.Maxwell
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little toes
I told a two-year old that I liked his cute barefeet.  He looked at me with a questioning expression.  He held a foot in his hand and inspected it carefully.  He looked at me again and declared, "No, these are James' feet."
"I believe..."

Apparently, 10-year-old's 4th grade teacher had asked each student to write a list of what they believe to be true.  Today, going through papers I found the following (all spelling preserved):

1)  I believe that their is no end to life.

2)  I believe that love is the key to happiness.

3)  I believe my perpos in life is to learn what is good and bad.

4)  I believe that the meaning of life is to get a body.

5)  I believe that knolage is power.

Sometimes 10-year-old seems 20.

So long, farewell....

19-year old left for his mission Wednesday morning.  An early flight required he leave our home at 4am.  10-year old and I were standing on the porch tearfully watching as my husband and 19-year old backed out of the garage.  Suddenly the lights at our 78-year-old-almost-family-neighbor's house started blinking on and off, on and off.  She had said earlier this week that she did not like good-byes and that she would find her own way to say farewell.

The fact that she was up with us giving our final send-off was very touching to all of us.  The way she chose to do it was very humorous to all of us.  A blend of happiness and tears.  A good description of my current emotions.  I often say that we raise kids to leave, we don't raise them to stay.  I am happy my son is stretching his wings and serving others and I know it was time for him to leave BUT I already miss him - a lot.

Question

Sunday's paper carried a story about a woman who was killed in a car accident.  Her teenaged son was driving.  Her married daughter's children were passengers in the back seat.  According to the news article the woman was the only one seriously injured in the accident.

I did not know the woman, her son or grandchildren but I think of them frequently throughout the day. What do you do for someone you care about but don't know?

 

Garden Gamble.

I asked a 15-year old boy if he would water and look out for our yard while we were on vacation.  I told him the pay would be $5 per day for 15 days to which he agreed.  We came home to a green yard and a sprouting garden.  My husband left an envelope with cash payment with the boy's father.   Today the boy came to our house with the envelope.  He explained that it had rained about half the time we were gone so he should only get half payment.  I thanked him for his concern.  I explained we had a pre-arrangement as to pay.  I told him that it was a gamble when he said yes - it could have been horribly hot and dry the entire time we were gone. 

When I planted I put 3 squash seeds in each mound, 2 corn seeds in each hole, beans and cucumbers half the recommended distance - just in case.  Even with those precautions one squash mound remained bare and there is a vacant spot in my corn rows.  Many aspects of gardening are a gamble.  However, when I hired that 15-year old I wasn't gambling - I knew I had a sure thing.

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