a little food for thought for a snowy day... keep the fires going eh!

At an airport one night

With several long hours

Before her flight,

She hunted for a book

In an airport shop,

Bought a bag of cookies

And found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book

But happened to see,

That the man sitting beside her,

As bold as could be,

Grabbed a cookie or two

From the bag in between,

Which she tried to ignore

To avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies

And watched the clock,

As the gutsy cookie thief

Diminished her stock.

She was getting more irritated

As the minutes ticked by,

Thinking, "If I wasn't so nice,

I would blacken his eye."

With each cookie she took,

He took one too,

When only one was left,

She wondered what he would do.

With a smile on his face,

And a nervous laugh,

He took the last cookie

And broke it in half.

He offered her half,

As he ate the other,

She snatched it from him

And thought....ooh, brother!

This guy had some nerve

And he's also rude,

Why he didn't even show

Any gratitude!

She had never known

When she been so galled,

And sighed with relief

When her flight was called.

She gathered her belongings

And headed to the gate,

Refusing to look back

At the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane,

And sank in her seat,

Then she sought her book,

Which was almost complete.

As she reached in her baggage,

She gasped with surprise,

There was her bag of cookies,

In front of her eyes.

If mine are here,

She moaned in despair,

The others were his,

And he tried to share.

Too late to apologize,

She realized with grief,

That she was the rude one,

The ingrate, the thief!

 How many times have we absolutely known that something was a certain way, only to discover later that what we believed to be true ..was not?

Always Keep An Open Mind And An Open Heart,

You Just Never Know....
"You might be eating someone else's cookies."


Smiling is infectious,
catch it like the flu.

When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.
So, if you feel a smile begin,
don't leave it undetected.

Let's start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected.

There's no nursing home in my future...when I get old and feeble, I'm
checking into the Holiday Inn! The average cost for a nursing home is at
least $188 per day. I've already checked on reservations at the Holiday

Inn. With a combined long-term-stay discount and senior discount, it's
$49.23 per night. That leaves $138.77 a day for:

1. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in any restaurant I want, or room service.
2. Laundry, gratuities and special TV movies.

Plus, Holiday Inn provides a swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge,
washer, dryer, etc. Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have
free shampoo and soap.

They treat you like a customer, not a patient. Five bucks worth of tips a
day will have the entire staff scrambling to help you. There's a city bus
stop out front, and seniors ride free.
To meet other nice people, call a church bus on Sundays.

For a change of scenery, take the airport shuttle bus and eat at one of
the nice restaurants there.

While you're at the airport, fly somewhere. Otherwise, the cash keeps
building up.

It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. Holiday Inn will take
your reservation today. And you're not stuck in one place forever - you
can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city.

Want to see Hawaii? It has Holiday Inns, too.

TV broken? Light bulbs need changing? Need to have the mattress replaced? No problem! They fix everything and apologize for the inconvenience.

The Inn has a night security person and daily room service.

The maid checks to see if you're OK. If not, they'll call the undertaker

or an ambulance.

If you fall and break a hip, Medicare will pay for the hip and Holiday Inn
will up grade you to a suite for the rest of your life.

And no worries about visits from family. They'll always be glad to find
you, and probably check in for a few days mini-vacation. The grandkids can use the pool.

What more can you ask for?

So, when I reach the golden age I'll face it with a grin.

Just forward all my e-mail to me @holidayinn.com (in Hawaii)

What's Prettier Than Freckles?

An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the zoo. Lots of children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was decorating them with tiger paws.

"You've got so many freckles, there's no place to paint!" a girl in the line said to the little fellow.

Embarrassed, the little boy dropped his head. His grandmother knelt down next to him. "I love your freckles. When I was a little girl I always wanted freckles," she said, while tracing her finger across the child's cheek. "Freckles are beautiful."

The boy looked up, "Really?"

"Of course," said the grandmother. "Why just name me one thing that's prettier than freckles."

The little boy thought for a moment, peered intensely into his grandma's face, and softly whispered,