It so happened, the other evening, that the middle child, under the twins and just above the Princess in age, and I, were to have an evening alone! Princess got to go ice skating and out to dinner with her friend, and the twins were going to go to the Auto Show with their dad. Middle boy and I had spent nearly three arduous hours going over double digit divisor division, with Religion and Vocab to follow. He is alway pining for lobster, so I thought it would be a special treat to take him out to dinner, just the two of us, have a feast, and then return to his studies. It almost happened, but the oldest twin declined the invite to the Auto Show. He proclaimed that he would sooner stick toothpicks in his eyes that spend an evening, even in the finest of company, traipsing around some noisy crowded convention center looking at objects that held no interest to him whatsoever. How a fourteen old soon to be driving male could fail to be interested in cars is beyond the scope of his Father's and twin brother's comprehension, but we decided to honor his choice not to go, and he stayed home with middle boy and me. Maybe he got wind of the potential lobster fest, I don't know.
A lobster dinner for two in a restaurant was pushing it on my meager income, but for three, it was simply out of the question. And where would we go to eat this Austrailian lobster anyway? I decided to run up to the local Albertson's, see if by chance they had any Australian tails on hand, and prepare them myself. It would certainly be cheaper than eating out. We decided on spicy mashed potatoes, canned peas, and a dessert of homemade chocolate chip cookies to accompany our feast. I put the potatoes to boil and went to the store. Had to buy the brown sugar anyway, since I had decided to break free from my recent low carb stint, and wanted to do it right.
I went to the fish counter and didn't see any form of lobster, but I wasn't about to give up. I asked the young man behind the counter if by chance they happened to have any Australian lobster tails in the freezer. He kindly agreed to go and check. He returned with a little brown box, and I was overjoyed to see that he indeed had found them. And what beauties they were! One pound plus in size. I asked him how much they were running in cost and he told me that the current price was $22.00 per pound. After seeing how giant they were, I decided that two tails would be more than enough. He put them on the scale and then looked at me and said, "Julie, right?" Now I realize that I do tend to babble on, but during the course of the lobster purchase, I did not recall having said my name. I was a little taken aback. I quickly tried to place this unfamiliar man. Had I previously purchased a Prime Rib from him? Had one of his kids been on one of my kids' soccer teams in the past? I was quickly getting nowhere, when he said, "I remember you."
"Remember me from where?!!"
"Remember The Jolly Roger restaurant? There were two Rafaels and I was your busboy. It was my first job!"
"Oh my God! Yes! I do remember. You were an excellent busboy, unlike Jose who used to steal all but two dollars of every tip! Do you realize that that was over 26 years ago?!!"
I was very surprised that he was able to recognize me. I was eighteen back then, and half the person I am now, if you know what I mean heh heh heh, and he was probably only fifteen and barely speaking English. I practiced my Spanglish with him and tipped him well for helping me to earn the big bucks.
We went on to reminisce about our co-workers and what became of their futures. He then smiled and said that he was going to give me a "special" price, and gave me two for one!!!!! Wow, what a surprise! I didn't argue a bit. It just confirmed the fact that it was our destiny to eat these sea creatures on this night. I don't normally go out for lobster on Thursdays, and do most of my shopping at Von's and Ralph's. He normally works at John's in Simi Valley, but for some reason, the fates decided to reunite us for a brief moment, once again with the underlying theme being food, and seafood at that! Now that's a perfect example of irony if you ask me.
I went home all flattered that I was still recognizable after all these years. I had to relay the story to my two boys, and my oldest said, "Mom, it was probably your voice that he remembered." Geeze, I thought maybe it had been my overwhelming beauty, or generosity, or something like that............ It just goes to show that we are always making lasting impressions on others whether we know it or not. My hope is that most of mine are good.
When I relayed this story to my co-worker/friend, she noted that she has a really good visual momory for faces and can usually put them together with the places where she initially met them, but that no one seems to remember her. I remarked that she is petite and soft spoken which might explain why. She went on to tell about a time when she was at a Nascar race, and ran into a gal she recognized who refused to acknowledge her. Then she ran into their husbands later on, and they had certainly remembered her! Heh heh heh. She is adorable and a very thoughtful and giving person. I will always remember her for wrapping my Christmas gifts when I just didn't have the time.
Happy Valentine's Day. Now go out there and make a lasting impression on the one you love!
King Arthur and the Witch:
Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur's youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.
The question?...What do women really want? Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch's proposition to have an answer by year's end.
He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.
Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer.
But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.
The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first.
The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur's closest friend!
Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life.
He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden; but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur.
He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur's life and the preservation of the Round Table.
Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered Arthur's question thus:
What a woman really wants, she answered....is to be in charge of her own life.
Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that Arthur's life would be spared.
And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted Arthur his freedom and Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding.
The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beau tiful woman he had ever seen lay before him on the bed. The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened
The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half.
Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day....or night?
Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch? Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments?
What would YOU do?
What Lancelot chose is below. BUT....make YOUR choice before you scroll down below. OKAY?
Noble Lancelot said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.
Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.
Now....what is the moral to this story?
The moral is.....
If you don't let a woman have her own way....
Things are going to get ugly
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Marriage (Part I)
Typical macho man married typical good-looking lady and after the wedding, he laid down the following rules:
"I'll be home when I want, if I want and at what time I want-and I don't expect any hassle from you. I expect a great dinner to be on the table unless I tell you that I won't be home for dinner.I'll go hunting, fishing, boozing and card-playing when I want with my old buddies and don't you give me a hard time about it. Those are my rules. Any comments?"
His new bride said, "No, that's fine with me. Just understand that there will be sex here at seven o'clock every night... whether you're here or not."
( SHE'S GOOD!)
Marriage (Part II)
Husband and wife had a bitter quarrel on the day of their 40th wedding anniversary!
The husband yells, "When you die, I'm getting you a headstone that reads, 'Here Lies My Wife - Cold As Ever.'
"Yeah?" she replies. "When you die, I'm getting you a headstone that reads, "Here Lies My Husband Stiff At Last.'"
(HE ASKED FOR IT!)
Marriage (Part III)
Husband (a doctor) and his wife are having a fight at the breakfast table.
Husband gets up in a rage and says, "And you are no good in bed either," and storms out of the house.
After sometime he realizes he was nasty and decides to make amends and rings her up.
She comes to the phone after many rings, and the irritated husband says, "what took you so long to answer the phone?"
She says, "I was in bed."
"In bed this early, doing what?" "Getting a second opinion!"
(YEP, HE HAD THAT COMING, TOO!)
Marriage (Part IV)
A man has six children and is very proud of his achievement. He is so proud of himself, that he starts calling his wife, "Mother of Six" in spite of her objections.
One night, they go to a party. The man decides that it's time to go home and wants to find out if his wife is ready to leave as well. He shouts at the top of his voice, "Shall we go home 'Mother of six?"
His wife, irritated by her husband's lack of discretion shouts right back, "Anytime you're ready, Father of Four."
(RIGHT ON, LADY!)
God may have created man before woman but there is always a
draft before the masterpiece.
Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
Better to lease one garden and cultivate it than to lease many and neglect them. As the proverb goes: who leases a garden eats birds; who leases gardens is eaten by birds.
- Eccclesiastes Rabbah
The spiritual life invites a process of transformation in the life of a believer. It is a process of growing in gratitude, trust, obedience, humility, compassion, service, and joy.
Learn to write your hurts in sand.
Learn to carve your blessings in stone!
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A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
If you cling to an idea as the inalterable truth, then when the truth does come in person and knock at your door, you will not be able to open the door and accept it.
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