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Subj:     Thoughts On Kids
                 (Includes 15 jokes and articles, 07843,2,cf,mp4b,1)

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Includes the following:  The Failure List II (S680b, S783)
.........................The Failure List (S178, S652)
.........................Final Exams -- From Children (S541c)
.........................When I Was A Kidů (S376, DU)
.........................Wisdom Of Parenthood (S231, DU)
.........................Cost Of Raising A Child (S208, DU)
.........................Ice Cream-Good For The Soul (S165, S762)
.........................If A Child Lives With.... (S144)
.........................Daddy, May I Please Borrow $50? (S843)
.........................35 Truths Learned From Kids (S129b)
.........................Important Thinks I've Learned From Kids (S127, S147)
.........................Things I've Learned From Kids (S231b)
.........................Twenty Somethings To Say To Children (S125)
.........................I Want To Be Six Again (S77)
.........................50 Ways to Make A Child Feel Special (S99)
.........................Short Thoughts On Kids

Also see CHRISTMAS1   - 'A Box of Kisses'
         FACTS2 file  - 'Smelling Poop At Taco Bell'
         FART file    - 'Kids are a Gas!'
         ELDERLY3-SUPP- 'We Survived Being Kids'
         KIDS3 file   - 'Things I've Learned From My Children'
......................- 'Kids' Instructions On Life'
......................- 'Great Truths About Life From Kids'
......................- (all of KIDS3 are Thoughts On Kids)
         MOTHERS file - 'What My Mother Taught Me'
         THOUGHTS-LRN1- 'Great Truths About Life, Adults Have Learned
         THOUGHTS-LRN2- 'Deep Thoughts'
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Subj:     The Failure List II (S680b, S783d)
          From: Wimp.com on 1/24/2010
      and From: Jim Farris on Facebook on 1/14/12
 Source1: http://www.wimp.com/awesomemotivation/
 Source2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
..........feature=player_embedded?v=RmTxr7OsPj0

 This wonderful, one minute video tells about the failures
 of Lucille Ball, The Beatles, Ulysses Grant, Michael
 Jordan, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, and Abraham Lincoln.
 If you never failed, you never lived. Click on either
 source, or 'HERE' for my copy, to see this short, awesome,
 motivational movie.

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Subj:     The Failure List (S178, S652)
          From: Ann Landers
          in Vallejo Times Herald in Friday, June 30,2000, Page A7
          Typed by: AJSwitzer@AOL.com
      and From: Joke-Of-The-Day-Mail.com on 2/23/2006

 The following "The Failure List" was distributed to players
 for many years by former basketball coaches Don Meyer and
 David Lipscomb.

 Einstein was four years old before he could speak.
 Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school and was considered
    "unpromising."
 Beethoven's music teacher once said of him, "As a composer,
    he is hopeless."
 When Thomas Edison was a youngster, his teacher told him
    he was too stupid to learn anything.  He was counseled
    to go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of
    his pleasant personality.
 F.W.Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21,
    but his employer would not permit him to wait on customers
    because he "didn't have enough sense to close a sale."
 Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
    Boston Celtics Hall of Famer, Bob Cousy, suffered the same
    fate.
 A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he "lacked
    imagination and had no good ideas."
 Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade and had to repeat
    it because he did not complete the tests that were required
    for promotion.
 Babe Ruth struck out 1,300 times - a major league record,  He
    was also the most notorious womanizer in the sports world.

 A person may make mistakes, but isn't a failure until he (she)
 starts blaming someone else.  We must believe in ourselves,
 and somewhere along the road of life, we must meet someone who
 sees greatness in us, expects it from us, and lets us know it.
 It is the golden key to success.

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Subj:     Final Exams -- From Children (S541c)
          From: Joke-of-the-Day.com on 5/22/2007
          (See '35 Truths Learned From Kids' in Thoughts-Kids)
           and 'Science Explained By Children' in Science2
           and 'Baby Quiz' in Kids3
           and 'Bible Fun' in Kids3)

 Q: Name the four seasons.
 A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

 Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made
    safe to drink.
 A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes
    large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

 Q: How is dew formed?
 A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

 Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
 A: Keep it in the cow.

 Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
 A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon.
    All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is
    no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum.  I forget
    where the sun joins in this fight.

 Q: What are steroids?
 A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

 Q: What happens to your body as you age?
 A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get
    intercontinental.

 Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
 A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to
    his adultery.

 Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes
 A: Premature death.

 Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized?
    e.g. abdomen.)
 A: The body is consisted into three parts - the brainium,
    the Borax and the abdominal cavity.  The brainium
    contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and
    lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels,
    A, E, I, O, and U.

 Q: What is the fibula?
 A: A small lie.

 Q: What does "varicose" mean? (I do love this one.)
 A: Nearby.

 Q: Give the meaning of the term "Caesarean Section"
 A: The Caesarean Section is a district in Rome

 Q: What does the word "benign" mean?'
 A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

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Subj:     When I Was A Kidů (S376, DU)
          From: LABLaughs.com on 4/10/2004

 When I was a kid adults used to bore me to tears with their
 tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were
 growing up.

 What with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning
 uphill both ways through year 'round blizzards carrying their
 younger siblings on their backs to their one-room schoolhouse
 where they maintained a straight-A average despite their full-
 time after-school job at the local textile mill where they
 worked for 35 cents an hour just to help keep their family from
 starving to death!

 And I remember promising myself that when I grew up there was no
 way I was going to lay that on kids about how hard I had it and
 how easy they've got it!

 But....

 Now that I've reached the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help
 but look around and notice the youth of today.

 You've got it so easy!

 I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a Utopia!

 And I hate to say it but you kids today don't know how good
 you've got it!

 I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet.
 If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and
 look it up ourselves!

 And there was no email!
 We had to actually write somebody a letter, with a pen!
 And then you had to walk all the way across the street and put
 it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

 And there were no MP3s or Napsters!
 If you wanted to steal music, you had to go to the record store
 and shoplift it yourself!  Or, we had to wait around all day to
 tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the
 beginning and mess it all up!

 You want to hear about hardship?

 We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting!
 If you were on the phone and somebody else called,
 they got a busy signal!

 And we didn't have fancy Caller ID Boxes either!
 When the phone rang,  you had no idea who it was, it could be
 your boss, your Mom, a collections agent, you didn't know!!!

 You just had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

 And we didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation videogames with
 high-resolution 3-D graphics!

 We had the Atari 2600!  With games like "Space Invaders" and
 "Asteroids"!  Your guy was a little square!  You had to use your
 imagination!  And there were no multiple levels or screens,
 it was just one screen forever!

 And you could never win, the game just kept getting harder and
 faster until you died!

 Just like LIFE!

 When you went to the movie theater, there was no such thing as
 stadium seating!  All the seats were the same height!
 If a tall guy sat in front of you, you watched his hairstyle!

 And sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only
 like 20 channels and there was no onscreen menu!  You had to use
 a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on!

 And there was no Cartoon Network!
 You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning...
 D'ya hear what I'm saying!?!

 We had to wait ALL WEEK!

 That's exactly what I'm talking about!
 You kids today have got it too easy.

 You're spoiled!

 You guys wouldn't last five minutes back in 1984!

 30ish Author Unknown

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Subj:     Wisdom Of Parenthood (S231, DU)
          From: KMACINTY on 6/28/2001

 1. Trying to dress an active little one is like trying to
    thread a sewing machine while it's running.
 2. There are only two things a child will share willingly:
    communicable diseases and their mother's age.
 3. Cleaning your house while your kids are at home is like
    trying to shovel the driveway during a snowstorm.
 4. Kids really brighten a household; they never turn off
    any lights.
 5. An alarm clock is a device for waking people up who
    don't have small kids.
 6. Shouting to make your kids obey is like using the horn
    to steer your car, and you get about the same results!
 7. Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a
    middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

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Subj:     Cost Of Raising A Child (S208, S481b, DU)
          From: KMACINTY on 1/24/2001
      and From: Joke-Of-The-Day-Mail.com on 4/8/2006

The ultimate return on your investment.

 I have seen repeatedly the breakdown of the cost of raising
 a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards
 listed this way. It's nice, really nice.

 Counting...

 The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child
 from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income
 family.  Talk about sticker shock!  That doesn't even touch
 college tuition. For those with kids, that figure leads to
 wild fantasies about all the money we could have banked if not
 for (insert your child's name here).

 For others, that number might confirm the decision to remain
 childless.

 But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down.  It translates
 into $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week.
 That's a mere $24.44 a day!  Just over a dollar an hour. Still,
 you might think the best financial advice says don't have
 children if you want to be "rich." It is just the opposite.

 What do your get for your $160,140?

 * Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
 * Glimpses of God every day.
 * Giggles under the covers every night.
 * More love than your heart can hold.
 * Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
 * Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
 * A hand to hold, usually covered with jam.
 * A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sand-
   castles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain.
 * Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the
   boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

 For $160,140, you never have to grow up. You get to finger-
 paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning
 bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus.  You have an
 excuse to keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
 watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies,
 and wishing on stars.

 You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under
 refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle
 wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's
 Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.

 For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck.  You
 get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the
 garage roof, taking the training wheels off the bike,
 removing a splinter, filling the wading pool, coaxing a
 wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that
 never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

 You get a front row seat to history to witness the first
 step, first word, first bra, first date, and first time
 behind the wheel.

 You get to be immortal.  You get another branch added to
 your family tree and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs
 in your obituary called grandchildren.

 You get education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice,
 communications, and human sexuality that no college can
 match.

 In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with God.
 You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the
 monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a
 slumber party, ground them forever, and love them with-
 out limits, so one day they will, like you, love without
 counting the cost.

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Subj:     Ice Cream-Good For The Soul (S165, S762)
          From: RFSlick on 3/12/00

 Last week I took my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old
 son asked if he could say grace.  As we bowed our heads he said,
 "God is good.  God is great.  Thank you for the food, and I
 would even thank you more if mom gets us ice cream for dessert.
 And Liberty and justice for all!  Amen!"

 Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby I heard
 a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country.  Kids
 today don't even know how to pray.  Asking God for ice-cream!
 Why, I never!"  Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked
 me, "Did I do it wrong?  Is God mad at me?"

 As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job
 and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman
 approached the table.  He winked at my son and said, "I happen
 to know that God thought that was a great prayer."  "Really?"
 my son asked "Cross my heart."  Then in theatrical whisper he
 added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole
 thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream.  A little
 ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."

 Naturally, I bought my kid's ice cream at the end of the meal.
 My son stared at his for a moment and then did something I will
 remember the rest of my life.  He picked up his sundae and with-
 out a word walked over and placed it in front of the woman.
 With a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you.  Ice cream
 is good for the soul sometimes and my soul is good already."
 The End

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Subj:     If A Child Lives With.... (S144)
          From: smiles on 11/01/1999

 An edited version of something that makes me smile...

 * If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn;
 * If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight;
 * If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy;
 * If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty;
 * If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient;
 * If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence;
 * If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate;
 * If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice;
 * If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith;
 * If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself;
 * If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
      he learns to find love in the world.

      -- Dorothy Law Holte

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Subj:     Daddy, May I Please Borrow $50? (S843)
          From Careoline Newton on Facebook on 3/6/2012
 Source: http://www.empowernetwork.com/kenpickard/
.........blog/dad-can-i-borrow-50-bucks/

 I came across this story the other day on facebook.  It
 moved me and I wanted to share it.  My intention is to
 reflect on the bigger reason of why we do what we do.
 For most of us it's all about FAMILY.
.
SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"

DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?"

SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"

DAD: "That's none of your business. 
      Why do you ask such a thing?"

SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me,
      how much do you make an hour?"

DAD: "If you must know, I make $100 an hour."

.
 SON: "Oh! (With his head down).

 SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow $50?"

 The father was furious.

 DAD: "If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow
 some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then
 you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think
 about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for
 such this childish behavior."

 The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
 The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the
 little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only
 to get some money?

 After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and
 started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed
 to buy with that $50 and he really didn't ask for money very
 often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and
 opened the door.

 DAD: "Are you asleep, son?"

 SON: "No daddy, I'm awake".

 DAD: "I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier.
 It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you.
 Here's the $50 you asked for." The little boy sat straight up,
 smiling.

 SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!"

 Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled
 up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started
 to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his
 money, and then looked up at his father.

 DAD: "Why do you want more money if you already have some?"

 SON: "Because I didn't have enough, but now I do. Daddy, I
 have $100 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come
 home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you."

 The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son,
 and he begged for his forgiveness. It's just a short reminder
 to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time
 slip through our fingers without having spent some time with
 those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts.

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Subj:     35 Truths Learned From Kids (S129b)
          From: smiles on 7/22/99
          (See 'Final Exams -- From Children' in Thoughts-Kids)
           and 'Science Explained By Children' in Science2
           and 'Baby Quiz' in Kids3
           and 'Bible Fun' in Kids3)

 From a San Diego father who has identified 35 truths
 he learned from his children:

 1. There is no such thing as childproofing your house.

 2. If you spray hairspray on dust bunnies and run over
 them with roller blades, they can ignite.

 3. A 4-year-old's voice is louder than 200 adults in a
 crowded restaurant.

 4. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor
 is not strong enough to rotate a 42-pound boy wearing
 pound puppy underwear and a Superman cape.

 5. It is strong enough, however, to spread paint on all
 four walls of a 20x20' room.

 6. Baseballs make marks on ceilings.

 7. When using the ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw
 the ball up several times before you get a hit.

 8. You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on.

 9. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.

 10. The glass in windows (even double pane) doesn't stop a
 baseball hit by a ceiling fan.

 11. When you hear the toilet flush and the words "uh-oh",
 it is already too late.

 12. Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smokes--lots of it.

 13. A 6 year-old boy can start a fire with a flint rock even
 though a 60-year-old man says it can only be done in the movies.

 14. A magnifying glass can start a fire even on an overcast day.

 15. If you use a waterbed as a home plate while wearing
 baseball shoes, it does not leak.  It explodes.

 16. A king-size waterbed holds enough water to fill a
 2,000 sq ft house almost 4 inches deep.

 17. Legos will pass through the digestive tract of a 4-year-old.

 18. Duplos will not.

 19. Play-Doh and microwave ovens should never be used in the
 same sentence.

 20. Super Glue is forever.

 21. MacGyver can teach us many things we don't want to know.

 22. So can Tarzan.

 23. No matter how much Jell-O you put in the pool, you still
 can't walk on water.

 24. Pool filters do not like Jell-O.

 25. VCRs do not eject PB?J sandwiches, even though TV
 commercials show they do.

 26. Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.

 27. Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.

 28. You probably don't want to know what that odor is.

 29. Always look in the oven before you turn it on.

 30. Plastic toys do not like ovens.

 31. The fire department in San Diego has at least a 5-minute
 response.

 32. The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make
 earthworms dizzy.

 33. It will, however, make cats dizzy.

 34. Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.

 35. A good sense of humor will get you through most problems
  in life. (....unfortunately, mostly in retrospect).

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Subj:     Important Thinks I've Learned From Kids (S127, 147)
          From: smiles on 7/6/99

  1. It's more fun to color outside the lines.

  2. If you're gonna draw on the wall, do it behind the couch.

  3. Ask why until you understand.

  4. Hang on tight.

  5. Even if you've been fishing for 3 hours and haven't
     gotten anything except poison ivy and a sunburn, you're
     still better off than the worm.

  6. Make up the rules as you go along.

  7. It doesn't matter who started it.

  8. Ask for sprinkles.

  9. If the horse you're drawing looks more like a dog,
     make it a dog.

 10. Save a place in line for your friends.

 11. Sometimes you have to take the test before you've
     finished studying.

 12. If you want a kitten, start out asking for a horse.

 13. Just keep banging until someone opens the door.

 14. Making your bed is a waste of time.

 15. There is no good reason why clothes have to match.

 16. Even Popeye didn't eat his spinach until he
     absolutely had to.

 17. You work so hard pedaling up the hill that you hate
     to brake on the way down.

 18. You can't ask to start over just because you're
     losing the game.

 19. Picking your nose when no one else is looking is still
     picking your nose.

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Subj:     Things I've Learned From Kids (S231b)
          From: KMACINTY on 6/28/2001

 When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of
    weeds that are going to take over my yard.
 My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you
    can wish on.

 When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a
    smelly, dirty person who probably wants money and I
    look away.
 My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.

 When I hear music I love, I know I can't carry a tune and
    don't have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and
    listen.
 My kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the
    words. If they don't know them, they make up their own.

 When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it.
    I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when
    I walk.
 My kids close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with
    it until they fall to the ground laughing.

 When I pray I say Thee and Thou and grant me this,
    give me that, help me with this...
 My kids say, "Hi God!!! Thanks for my toys and friends.
    Please keep the bad dreams away tonight.  Sorry, I
    don't want to go to Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommy
    and Daddy too much!"

 When I see a mud puddle, I step around it.  I see muddy
    shoes and clothes and dirty carpets.
 My kids sit in it. They see dams to build, rivers to
    cross and worms to play with.

 I wonder if we are given kids to teach or to learn from?

 No wonder God loves the little children!!

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Subj:     Twenty Somethings To Say To Children (S125)
          From: smiles on 6/18/99
             by China Deaton
         excerpted from an article called
         "Advocacy: Being the Voices Children Need to Hear"

  1. I love you! There is nothing that will make me stop loving
     you. Nothing you could do or say or think will ever change that.

  2. You are amazing! I look at you with wonder! Not just at what
     you can do, but who you are. There is no one like you. No one!

  3. It's all right to cry. People cry for all kinds of reasons:
     when they are hurt, sad, glad, or worried; when they are angry,
     afraid, or lonely. When they feel. Big people cry too. I do.

  4. You've made a mistake. That was wrong. People make mistakes.
     I do. Is it something we can fix? What can we do? It's all over.
     You can start fresh. I know you are sorry. I forgive you.

  5. You did the right thing. That was scary or hard. Even though
    it wasn't easy, you did it. I am proud of you; you should be too.

  6. I'm sorry. Forgive me. I made a mistake.

  7. You can change your mind. It's good to decide, but it is also
     fine to change.

  8. What a great idea! You were really thinking! How did you come
     up with that? Tell me more. Your mind is clever!

  9. That was kind. You did something helpful and thoughtful for that
     person. That must make you feel good inside. Thank you!

 10. I have a surprise for you. It's not your birthday. It's for no
     reason at all. Just a surprise, a little one, but a surprise.

 11. I can wait. We have time. You don't have to hurry this time.

 12. What would you like to do? It's your turn to pick. You have
     great ideas. It's important to follow your special interests.

 13. Tell me about it. I'd like to hear more. And then what
     happened? I'll listen.

 14. I'm right here. I won't leave without saying good-bye.
     I am watching you. I am listening to you.

 15. Please and Thank You. These are important words. If I forget
     to use them, will you remind me?

 16. I missed you. I think about you when we are not together!

 17. Just try. A little bit. One taste, one step. You might like it.
     Let's see. I'll help you if you need it. I think you can do it.

 18. I'll help you. I heard you call me, here I am. How can I help
     you? If we both work together, we can get this done. I know
     you can do it by yourself, but I'm glad to help since you asked.

 19. What do you wish for? Even if it's not yet time for birthday
     candles and we don't have a wishbone, it's still fun to hear
     about what you wish for, hope for, and dream about.

 20. I remember when... I will never forget... When you were little...
     I will always remember the time... I loved you then, too ...
     I always have a picture of you in  my mind.

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Subj:     I Want To Be Six Again (S77)
          From: smiles on 98-07-21

  I want to be six again.

  I want to go to McDonald's and think it's the best place in
  the world to eat.

  I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make
  waves with rocks.

  I want to think M?Ms are better than money 'cause you can eat them.

  I want to play kickball during recess and stay up on
  Christmas Eve waiting to hear Santa and Rudolph on the roof.

  I long for the days when life was simple.  When all you knew
  were your colors, the addition tables, and simple nursery rhymes,
  but it didn't bother you because you didn't know what you didn't
  know, and you didn't care.

  I want to go to school and have snack time, recess, gym,
  and field trips.

  I want to be happy because I don't know what should make me upset.

  I want to think the world is fair, and everyone in it is
  honest and good.

  I want to believe that anything is possible.  Sometime, while I
  was maturing, I learned too much. I learned of nuclear weapons,
  starving and abused kids, and unhappy marriages.

  I want to be six again.

  I want to think that everyone, including myself, will live
  forever because I don't know the concept of death.

  I want to be oblivious to the complexity of life, and be
  overly excited by the little things again.

  I want television to be something I watch for fun, not something
  I use for escape from the things I should be doing.

  I want to live knowing the little things I find exciting will
  always make me as happy as when I first learned them.

  I  want to be six again.

  I remember not seeing the world as a whole, but rather being
  aware of only the things that directly concerned me.

  I want to be naive enough to think that if I'm happy, so is
  everyone else.

  I want to walk down the beach and think only of the sand
  beneath my feet, and the possibility of finding that blue piece
  of sea glass I'm looking for.

  I want to spend my afternoons climbing trees and riding my
  bike, letting the grownups worry about time, the dentist, and
  how to find the money to fix the car.

  I want to wonder what I'll do when I grow up, not worry what
  I'll do if this doesn't work out.

  I want that time back.  I want to use it now as an escape.
  So that when my computer crashes, I have a mountain of paperwork,
  two depressed friends, or second thoughts about so many things,
  I can travel back and build a snowman without thinking about
  anything except whether the snow sticks together.  What I can
  possibly use for the snowman's mouth?

  I want to be six again

     -- author unknown

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Subj:     50 Ways to Make A Child Feel Special (S99)
          adapted from Jane Quinn Paramore
          from an article appearing in May 1997 Atlanta Parent Magazine
          From: smiles on 98-12-23

 Make a big deal out of greetings and good-byes.  Let her
 know you're always excited to see her and that she's leaving
 with your blessing. Touch a lot.  Hold hands.  Tousle hair.
 Hug.  Cuddle.  Smile at her often.  Once a  week - or once a
 month if you have several children - go on a special outing
 alone with him.  Walk through the park, share an ice cream
 sundae, take a bike ride together.  Do anything that allows
 lots of time for interaction.  If you pray with her, let her
 hear you thank God for giving her to you.  Ask her to give
 thanks at a meal or to create her own prayer at bedtime.
 Acknowledge successes enthusiastically.  Hang a banner to
 congratulate him on passing a difficult test or winning that
 soccer goal.  Also praise him for being friendly to a new-
 comer or demonstrating worthy values.  Always be willing to
 make a cake.  Let him break an egg or stir the batter.
 Usually he can do whatever you think he can do.  Allow her
 to respectfully disagree with you.  Listen to her complaints
 about a sibling, or a rule she thinks is unfair.  Stay calm.
 Explain your point of view on her level.  Make changes when
 you should; put your foot down when you have to.  Allow her
 to help you with your chores.  Restrain the urge to go back
 over what she has just done.

 Occasionally do one of his chores for him.  Ask special
 questions about his day.  Find out what he enjoyed most and
 what was the most difficult for him.  backhand; throw passes
 to your aspiring wide receiver; bat a baseball to your out-
 fielder.  Leave an encouraging message in his lunch box on
 a day he's been dreading.  Ask what he'd like to do to spend
 time together as a family.  Include him in planning the family
 vacation.  Use some of his ideas.  Give him some of the
 responsibilities.  Let him read the map.  Have chats -- at
 bedtime on the edge of his bed.  In the car, when shuttling
 him back and forth, turn off the radio and just talk or sing
 a song together.

 Tell stories about when she was little, about your own child-
 hood or about her grandparents.  Let her help put the family
 photo album together. Give her some pictures to start her
 very own album.  Paint her nails while you're doing yours.
 Give her a new hairstyle or let her play with your makeup.
 Trust him with tough chores and then say, "I knew you could
 do it!"  Play his favorite game with him when he asks.  Stop
 what you're doing and play with him now and then -- even if
 you're in the midst of something.  Which is really more
 important?

 Be at his games or performances.  Sit where he can see you
 and grin broadly.  Cheer for him and embrace him even if he
 strikes out.  Establish family traditions throughout the
 year.  Make a big deal of holidays.  Go Christmas caroling;
 have a Fourth of July camp-out; every year go to the State
 Fair as a family.  Invite her friends over to dinner or to
 spend the night.  Make a spot near your computer, sewing
 machine, or workbench where he can sit to talk to you while
 you work.  Let him help from time to time.  Speak highly of
 her to her siblings and friends.  Let her overhear you.

 Keep a journal for him.  Write in it several times a month.
 Tell of your joys and struggles as you raise him.  Comment
 on the qualities you see developing in his life -- his
 strengths, gifts.  Present it to him when he marries or has
 his first child.  Invite her favorite teacher, coach, or
 instructor over for dinner or dessert.  Start a project you
 can work on together over a period of time -- build a model,
 make a quilt, raise an animal, start a collection, or read
 a good book.  When you're traveling without her, send a post
 card, a letter, or bring her back something that reminded
 you of her.  When he expresses feelings, don't minimize
 them or try to "fix" them.  Identify with him, comfort him,
 and ask if he wants your help in solving an annoying problem.

 Stop by school to have lunch with her.   Help him make or
 buy gifts for special people on special occasions.  Allow
 him to earn some money for gifts for others.  Let him wrap
 them himself.  Respect her privacy.  Knock before entering
 her room or the bathroom.  Give him an allowance and help
 him set up saving, spending and giving plans.  Let him
 invest in a few shares of stock that interests him, like
 McDonalds, Coke, Mattel, or Nike.  Plant a tree in your
 yard to commemorate her birth or a birthday and watch it
 grow up with her.

 Say "I love you" often.

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Subj:     Short Thoughts On Kids

From: LABLaughsClean on 5/11/2005 (S433b)
 It's easier to build a child,
 Than to repair an adult.

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