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11/5/11 11:49 P

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I'm really glad I posted it then. Did any of the rest of you tear up like I did?

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11/5/11 9:37 P

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This is also a new story for me and really enjoyed the story.

"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. "
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11/5/11 12:42 A

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As for me, this was the first time seeing this.

I'm glad you decided to post it, even though you thought it was "old", it was new to me.


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11/4/11 5:07 P

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OMG Thank you!!!! Thank you THANK YOU!! It's been years since I've heard that story, and I was actually thinking about it the other day, and wishing I still had the email that someone had forwarded it to me... WOW... I guess some things are just meant to be!


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11/4/11 3:53 P

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If you can give your squirrel a special hug and kiss from me. Such a sweet story too!! Thank you for today's refresher lesson. :-)

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Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.

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11/4/11 3:34 P

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(I don't know whether to be angry at my husband or not for sending this to me. It isn't the first time I've read it. I knew what it was after the first 3 words, but I continued to read. I was tearing up in 10 words. emoticon It is a great story for a good cleansing cry! Funny thing, and you may think I'm nuts (no pun inferred), we have a pet squirrel (Lucky) that goes out for walks on our shoulders (she's mostly blind and stays with us) . I was holding her earlier today and talking to her telling her how much we love her and how much happiness she has brought to not only our lives, but to the lives of so many people around us (and in other parts of the country) even if it was just for a few minutes. She even helped make the small pieces of candy passed put at the end of Halloween seem like full sized candy bars when the kids and parents saw her! Such a small animal and even she has a big impact.)

Enjoy the story for the first time or again, if like me.

When I was a young boy, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood... I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it.

Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person. Her name was "Information Please" and there was nothing she did not know. Information Please could supply anyone's number and the correct time.

My personal experience with the genie-in-a-bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer, the pain was terrible, but there seemed no point in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy.

I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway. The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the footstool in the parlor and dragged it to the landing. Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear.

"Information, please" I said into the mouthpiece just above my head.

A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear. "Information."

"I hurt my finger..." I wailed into the phone, the tears came readily enough now that I had an audience.

"Isn't your mother home?" came the question.

"Nobody's home but me," I blubbered

"Are you bleeding?" the voice asked.

"No," I replied. "I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts."

"Can you open the icebox?" she asked.

I said I could. "Then chip off a little bit of ice and hold it to
your finger," said the voice...

After that, I called "Information Please" for everything.. I asked her for help with my
geography, and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math.
She told me my pet chipmunk that I had caught in the park just the day before, would eat fruit and nuts.

Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary, died.. I called "Information Please," and told her the sad story. She listened, and then said things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was not consoled. I asked her, "Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?"

She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, " Wayne, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in."

Somehow I felt better.

Another day I was on the telephone, "Information Please."

"Information," said in the now familiar voice. "How do I spell fix?" I asked.

All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest . When I was nine years old, we moved across the country to Boston . I missed my friend very much. "Information Please" belonged in that old wooden box back home and I somehow never thought of trying the shiny
new phone that sat on the table in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me.

Often, in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.

A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle .. I had about a half-hour or so between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator and
said, "Information Please."

Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well.


I hadn't planned this, but I heard myself saying, "Could you please tell me how to spell fix?"

There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, "I guess your finger must have healed by now."

I laughed, "So it's really you," I said. "I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time?"

I wonder," she said, "if you know how much your calls meant to me. I never had any children and I used to look forward to your calls."

I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister.

"Please do", she said. "Just ask for Sally."

Three months later I was back in Seattle .. A different voice answered, "Information." I asked for Sally.

"Are you a friend?" she said.

"Yes, a very old friend," I answered.

"I'm sorry to have to tell you this,"She said. "Sally had been working part time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago."

Before I could hang up, she said, "Wait a minute, did you say your name was Wayne ?" "

Yes." I answered.

"Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down in case you
called. Let me read it to you."

The note said, "Tell him there are other worlds to sing in. He'll
know what I mean."

I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.

Never underestimate the impression you may make on others.. Whose life have you touched today?

Lifting you on eagle's wings..... May you find the joy and peace you long for.

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
In GOD we trust
"It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains " -
Patrick Henry
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each otherís faults because of your love.
Ephesians 4:2 NLT
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