Friday, June 19, 2009

Fathers day quotes

Few fathers day quotes:

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland


My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys." ~Harmon Killebrew


One father is more than a hundred Schoolemasters. ~George Herbert,
Outlandish Proverbs, 1640


Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby


Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name. ~William Wordsworth


Henry James once defined life as that predicament which precedes death, and certainly nobody owes you a debt of honor or gratitude for getting him into that predicament. But a child does owe his father a debt, if Dad, having gotten him into this peck of trouble, takes off his coat and buckles down to the job of showing his son how best to crash through it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland


A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. ~Enid Bagnold


Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! ~Lydia M. Child,
Philothea: A Romance, 1836


It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. ~Johann Schiller


A father carries pictures where his money used to be. ~Author Unknown


When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. ~Mark Twain, "Old Times on the Mississippi"
Atlantic Monthly, 1874


Dad, you're someone to look up to no matter how tall I've grown. ~Author Unknown


Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~Gloria Naylor


There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself. ~John Gregory Brown,
Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, 1994


It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't. ~Barbara Kingsolver,
Animal Dreams


It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge. ~Phyllis Diller


Are we not like two volumes of one book? ~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore


The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God; I call him Dad!
~Author Unknown


Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone


Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. ~Red Buttons


I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich. ~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter


Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. ~Author Unknown


There's one sad truth in life I've found
While journeying east and west -
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Craik


Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life. ~Tom Wolfe,
The Bonfire of the Vanities


Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again. ~Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968

Credits: Quotegarden

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Package

A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.

Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" and stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care things.

When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he read those words, a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible.

It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words..."Paid in Full"

Often times, we miss to recognize God's blessings because they are not packaged as we expected.

We also miss out on those gifts by our fathers, if they are not packaged appropriately.

Happy Fathers Day.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Lunch Bag

Here is an interesting story of a father and a daughter. This story is believed to be a true story of Robert Fulgham and his daughter Molly.

It was Molly's job to hand her father his brown paper lunch bag each morning before he headed off to work. One morning, in addition to his usual lunch bag, Molly handed him a second paper bag. This one was worn and held together with duct tape, staples, and paper clips.

"Why two bags" Fulghum asked.

"The other is something else," Molly answered.

"What's in it?"

"Just some stuff. Take it with you."

Not wanting to hold court over the matter, Fulghum stuffed both sacks into his briefcase, kissed Molly and rushed off. At midday, while hurriedly scarfing down his real lunch, he tore open Molly's bag and shook out the contents: two hair ribbons, three small stones, a plastic dinosaur, a pencil stub, a tiny sea shell, two animal crackers, a marble, a used lipstick, a small doll, two chocolate kisses, and 13 pennies.

Fulghum smiled, finished eating, and swept the desk clean - into the wastebasket - leftover lunch, Molly's junk and all.

That evening, Molly ran up behind him as he read the paper.

"Where's my bag?"

"What bag?"

"You know, the one I gave you this morning."

"I left it at the office. Why?"

"I forgot to put this note in it," she said. "And, besides, those are my things in the sack, Daddy, the ones I really like - I thought you might like to play with them, but now I want them back. You didn't lose the bag, did you, Daddy?"

"Oh, no," he said, lying. "I just forgot to bring it home. I'll bring it tomorrow."

While Molly hugged her father's neck, he unfolded the note that had not made it into the sack: "I love you, Daddy."

Molly had given him her treasures. All that a 7-year-old held dear. Love in a paper sack, and he missed it - not only missed it, but had thrown it in the wastebasket. So back he went to the office. Just ahead of the night janitor, he picked up the wastebasket and poured the contents on his desk.

After washing the mustard off the dinosaurs and spraying the whole thing with breath-freshener to kill the smell of onions, he carefully smoothed out the wadded ball of brown paper, put the treasures inside and carried it home gingerly, like and injured kitten. The bag didn't look so good, but the stuff was all there and that's what counted.

After dinner, he asked Molly to tell him about the stuff in the sack. It took a long time to tell. Everything had a story or a memory or was attached to dreams and imaginary friends. Fairies had brought some of the things. He had given her the chocolate kisses, and she had kept them for when she needed them.

"Sometimes I think of all the times in this sweet life," Fulghum concludes the story, "when I must have missed the affection I was being given. A friend calls this 'standing knee deep in the river and dying of thirst.' "

We should all remember that it's not the destination that counts in life - it's the journey.

The little girl smiles, the dinosaurs and chocolate kisses wrapped in old paper bags that we sometimes throw away too thoughtlessly, each day, each a tiny treasure.

The journey with the people we love is all that really matters. Such a simple truth so easily forgotten.

Happy Fathers Day.

Author Unknown

Hair cut

Fathers Day is around the corner, on June 21st. Here is an interesting story:

A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said to him, "I'll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study the bible a little, and get your hair cut; then we'll talk about it."

A month later the boy came back and again asked his father if he could use the car. His father said, "Son, I'm really proud of you. You brought your grade up, studied the bible well, but you didn't get your hair cut!"

The young man waited a moment an then replied, "You know dad, I've been thinking about that. Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair."

His father replied gently, "Yes son, and they walked everywhere they went."

Author Unknown

GA school rankings nationwide

Since the school year has come to an end, school rankings have been hitting the news. The list of nation's top 1500 schools were published this week by Newsweek Magazine. The evaluation criteria used was the one formulated by Jay Mathews, an educational columnsist for The Washington Post. The method uses a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors. All of the schools on the list have an index of at least 1.000

The below list contains schools in Georgia, ranked nationally. 51 Schools from Georgia made it to the list.


RANK SCHOOL LOCATION
90 Walton Marietta
212 North Gwinnett Suwanee
213 Campbell Smyrna
215 Chamblee Charter Chamblee
223 Riverwood Atlanta
278 Davidson Fine Arts Magnet Augusta
307 Milton Alpharetta
309 Lakeside Evans
311 Northview Duluth
316 Norcross Norcross
327 South Forsyth Cumming
354 Lassiter Marietta
370 DeKalb School of the Arts DeKalb
375 Centennial Roswell
387 Berkmar Lilburn
392 Alpharetta Alpharetta
456 Roswell Roswell
483 Brookwood Snellville
532 Chattahoochee Alpharetta
545 Morgan County Madison
562 North Springs Atlanta
603 Duluth Duluth
634 Central Gwinnett Lawrenceville
648 Peachtree Ridge Suwanee
687 Columbus Columbus
689 Parkview Lilburn
721 North Oconee County Bogart
751 Wheeler Marietta
755 LaGrange LaGrange
809 Union Grove McDonough
819 Johnson Savannah
865 North Atlanta Atlanta
868 Marietta Marietta
902 Eagle's Landing McDonough
945 Harrison Kennesaw
978 Starr's Mill Fayetteville
1017 Dunwoody Dunwoody
1029 Pope Marietta
1073 Sprayberry Marietta
1130 Collins Hill Suwanee
1157 Carlton J. Kell Marietta

Credits: Newsweek Magazine.