Isn’t Life Grand?

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Sarah Stegall

Evidently, my 4-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, was influenced by something she heard from my good-humored parents who had recently stayed with us. Shortly after their visit, I knocked on her door while she was changing clothes and asked if she needed help.

“No, and don’t look,” she sighed, “’cause it’s not a pretty sight.” –Lynette Kittle

My hungry young son spied a pan of brownies I had just baked that was sitting on the table, cooling, and decided to help himself. He was just preparing to cut a piece when I saw him and cried, “Wait! I want to frost them first!”

Shaking his head, he reached for the freezer door and said, “Okay, but I don’t think it will help!” –Gayle Urban


**Be loyal.

**Take naps and stretch before rising.

**When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

**Run, romp and play daily.

**Never pass up an opportunity to go for a joyride.

**Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

**Never pretend to be something you’re not.

**No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t pout; run right back and make friends.

**On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

**If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

**When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

**When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle him or her gently. –Anonymous


Seventy-two percent of all infants carry the anti-car seat gene, allowing their stiffened bodies to resist forces in excess of 100 pounds per square inch.

Cartoon and caption reprinted from The Close to Home Survival Guide by John McPherson (Andrews McMeel, 1999). Used by permission.

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