"You only fail when you stop trying."
"A plugger doesn't have to plug in her blanket at night, but she does have to feed it in the morning."
Three sons left home, said goodbye to their dear single mother, went out on their own and prospered. Then one day, revisiting together, they discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly Mother on her birthday. They all loved her dearly, and each wanted more than anything to give her something she’d truly love.
The first said, “I built a mansion for our mother. 26 rooms and a huge back yard filled with trees and flowers. A house that is fit for royalty, and will give her all the space she never had.”
The second said, “Well I bought her a luxury car, and not just for her to drive, no. It comes with a private driver that’ll take her anywhere she wants to go. She’ll never need to drive again, and he can help her carry heavy things back to the house.”
The third smiled and said, “I’ve got you both beat. You remember how Mom enjoyed reading the Bible? And you know she can’t see very well any more. I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took the Elders in the church 12 years to teach him. He’s one of a kind. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot recites it.”
The three agreed that all gifts were well thought out, and were sure their mother would be amazed and delighted.
Soon thereafter, their dear mother sent out her letters of thanks: “Milton,” she wrote the first son, “the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house.”
“Gerald,” she wrote to the second son, “I am too old to travel any more. My eyesight isn’t what it used to be. I stay most of the time at home, so I rarely use the car my dear. And I must say the driver is quite rude!”
“Dearest Donald,” she wrote to her third son, “you were the only one to have the good sense to know what your Mother likes. That chicken was delicious!”
It's Guinea Pig Appreciation Day! Domesticated in South America centuries ago, sometimes called cavies, guinea pigs are great pets and make cutesy and cuddly companions.
--National Corn Fritter Day: a fritter is basically just fried batter or breading, with or without fillings of meat, vegetables, seafood, or fruit; add corn to the batter and you have a savory sweet dish that is prevalent in the Southern cuisine.
--National Fresh Spinach Day: today sings the praises of fresh spinach, a native to Asia; a superfood, spinach reduces the risk of heart failure and stroke, is high in iron and calcium and vitamins C, K, & A; grab some fresh spinach for a salad or a smoothie.
--National Personal Chef Day: a salute to the professionals who handle all aspects of a meal from planning to cooking to presentation; a private chef is a personal chef with just one client; most personal chefs have multiple clients.
--World Snake Day: a day to raise awareness of these misunderstood creatures and to remove fears and superstitions; snakes are on every continent except Antarctica and only 25% are venomous; snakes are important to rodent population control and the overall natural balance.