He turned 85 years old yesterday. No one sent him a birthday card and no one called him up to say “Happy Birthday.”
From the time they were born, he was always the first one to remember their birthdays, with cards and presents. As they got older, he was the first one to say “Hey, we have to get a birthday card,” and we always put a check in the card.
He got joy out of doing it.
They even got a reminder this time.
It would have given him such happiness – a little thing. Not a present, not money.
But no one sent him a card, and no one gave him a call.
Here we sit as evening falls
Like old horses in their stalls.
Thank you, Father, that you bless
Us with food and an address
And the comfort of your hand
In this great and blessed land.
Look around at each dear face,
Keep each one in your good grace.
We think of those who went before,
And wish we could have loved them more.
Grant to us a cheerful heart,
Knowing we must soon depart
To that far land to be with them.
And now let’s eat. Praise God. Amen.
“Table Grace” by Gary Johnson. Used with permission of the poet.
Hi! I’m Bella. I heard that in Italian, “Bella” means “beautiful.” Ha! There’s no doubt that my name fits me! I live with Susan and Susan’s grandson, Christopher. They love me a lot, which is understandable.
I’m only a year old. Susan says I’m still a puppy. Susan feeds me all the good doggie food, and I enjoy it. But you know what I really love to eat? Dog beds. I ate 2 of them already, and I’m not getting another one soon. At night when it’s time for bed, she gives me a delicious treat, a Milkbone. I love Milkbones!
Susan and Christopher eat, too. As soon as Susan sits down with her dinner in the living room, I keep her company. I go over to her and look deep into her blue eyes with my gorgeous, big brown eyes. I put my head on her lap. While she’s eating, I’m looking deeper and deeper into her eyes. When she can’t stand it anymore she gives me some of her dinner. She’s so warm-hearted.
Susan loves to crochet and do needlework, which is fine with me. I love yarn. I don’t eat it, I just unravel it. Christopher really doesn’t own anything as exciting as yarn, but he does have socks. When he takes his socks off at night and forgets to close his bedroom door, I run in there fast and grab those suckers! I love his socks so much! He used to have slippers, too.
We have a lot more people in the family, and they’re all lovable. But we also have Shaggy and Buddy, and boy are they characters! Shaggy spent some time with us last week. Poor Shaggy is blind, but he gets around pretty good. He’s getting old and crotchety and didn’t want to play with me. We get along OK, but he’s such an old fart.
Buddy thinks who the heck he is. If anyone’s hugging and kissing and petting Shaggy and me, suddenly this black nose pops up like bread in a toaster, BOING!! right in the middle of us. I think he’s jealous and a little needy!
Just one more thing: Susan and Christopher, if you’re reading this, I love you, too!
And now, I’ll give YOU a treat – feast your eyes on this beauty! (me)
ANY CHARACTER HERE
Drool: What you do when your owners have food and you don’t. To do this properly, sit as close as you can, look sad and let the drool fall to the floor or better yet on their laps.
Dog property laws:
1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my mouth, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I’m chewing something up, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it just looks like mine, it’s mine.
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
I clipped this quotation out of a newspaper long ago. Don’t know if it will be helpful, but it sounds good. That is, if we really read it and understand it! Lots of inspirational quotes are so nice to read, and make us feel good. I got a million of ’em! (I will not impose all of them on you.)
Do they really help us? For them to work, we have to work. 🙂 Anyway, here it is:
“Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can,
to all the souls you can, in every place you can,
at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can,
as long as ever you can.”
Here’s another quote I always liked:
“I shall pass through this world but once.
Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
Just one thing: from what I’ve seen, the great majority of us are so good to begin with, even without our loved quotations; but these may give us a little extra Goodness!