Freda / Chosen to Cheer / Mrs. God / Baby Photos.

Well ... ermm....
Hi Folks,

A friend of mine was telling me about someone she knows - Freda, who is a retired woman in her 72nd year - she had spent much of her life raising her family and it occurred to her to suggest helping out by doing charity work as she was still quite sprightly, so Freda went along to her local 'community' radio station and started helping behind the scenes.

She put in a good few hours doing whatever she could. Every time my friend Liz saw her she never looked anything but energetic and enthusiastic about life. Volunteering seemed to be giving her a real boost rather than tiring her out. I just had to ask - what made her start volunteering at the age of 72 ? Freda's explanation was a thought-provoking one. "Because when I reached 'that' birthday it meant I had lived longer than both my parents. If they'd had 'extra time' they would have put it to good use. So I'm counting this as 'extra time' and doing just that ! "I'm guessing Freda has many years of extra time ahead, but we never really know what's around the corner. So I'm thinking in future of treating each day as 'extra time' and following Freda's example? That way it's possible to put the gift of a day to good use - whether it's 'extra' or not.
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The other day got a couple of 'real goodies' in my emails and so I had to posting them on here - enjoy !
Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot in life, I stop and think about little Jamie
Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play. His mother told me that he'd set his heart on being in it, though she feared he would not be chosen. On the day the parts were awarded, I went with her to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement. 'Guess what, Mom,' he shouted, and then said those words that will remain a lesson to me..... 'I've been chosen to clap and cheer.'

This brings to mind collecting Louis from Nursery yesterday - he was sporting a plastic 'gold' medal for participating in a football competition .. and his eyes were sparkling with pride .
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An eye witness account from New York City, on a cold day in December, some years ago: A little boy, about 10-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold. A lady approached the young boy and said, 'My, but you're in such deep thought staring in that window!' 'I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,'was the boy's reply. The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.
She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel. By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes. She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him.. She patted him on the head and said, 'No doubt, you will be more comfortable now.'
As she turned to go, the astonished child caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her. 'Are you God's wife?'
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Hope this gave you all a smile - it sure did mine ! (tears too).

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The AWWWW Factor...

Cheers from the land of the Tartan and the Heather, Love Kate xxx.