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Seventy Seven plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench.
She didn't move, just sat with her head down staring at
her hands. When I sat down beside her she didn't
acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered
if she was ok. Finally, not really wanting to disturb
her but wanting to check on her at the same time,
I asked her if she was ok.
She raised her
head and looked at me and smiled. Yes, I'm fine, thank
you for asking, she said in a clear strong
I didn't mean to disturb you, grandma, but
you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I
wanted to make sure you were ok.
Have you ever looked
at your hands, she asked. I mean really looked at your
I slowly opened my hands and stared down
at them. I turned them over, palms up and then
palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at my
hands, as I tried to figure out the point she was
Grandma smiled and related this
Stop and think for a moment about the
hands you have, how they have served you well
throughout your years. These hands, though
wrinkled, shriveled and weak have been the tools I have
used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life.
They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I
crashed upon the floor. They put food in my mouth and
clothes on my back. As a child my mother taught me to
fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled on my
They dried the tears of my children and
caressed the love of my life. They held my young husband
and wiped my tears when he went off to war.
have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent. They
were firm yet gentle when I held my newborn son.
Decorated with my wedding band, they showed the world
that I was married and loved someone special. They
replied to the letters written home and trembled and
shook when I buried my parents and spouse and watched as
my daughter walked down the aisle.
were strong and sure when I grabbed my child and jerked
her away from danger when a car was going too fast, and
they clasped my children lovingly for stitches, broken
bones, and measles. They have held children, consoled
neighbors, and shook in anger when I didn't understand.
They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed
and cleansed the rest of my body, and those of my
family. From the day a new baby was born, to the day I
washed my first love's body and prepared him for his
final viewing. They have been sticky, wet, bent, broken,
dried, and raw.
To this day when not much of
anything else of me works real well, these hands hold me
up, lay me down, and continue to fold in prayer. These
hands are the mark of where I've been and the richness
of my life.
But more importantly it will be these
hands that God will reach out and take when He leads me
home. And with my hands He will lift me to His side and
there I will use these hands to touch the face of Christ
- God Bless
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Get A Life
You've been sitting at
pounding forever on my keys
are you ever going to
I put up with you all winter
go and get
some fresh air
let me get some rest for
don't you think it's fair?
Give me a
break here woman
my death is very near,
fanny off that chair
don't you see spring is
Plant yourself a few flowers
go to a
all I'm asking for
is a little bit of
Don't get me angry now
I'll slow down my speed
who will be upset.
So come on woman
and make some friends
you really need to do it
HERSHEY'S "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE"
- 2 cups sugar
- 1-3/4 cups
- 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S
- 1-1/2 teaspoons
- 1-1/2 teaspoons
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable
- 2 teaspoons
- 1 cup boiling
CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING(recipe follows)
oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking
2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa,
baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add
eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of
mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be
thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center
comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to
wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with "PERFECTLY
CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.
ONE-PAN CAKE: Grease and flour
13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter
into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool
THREE LAYER CAKE: Grease and
flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to
350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35
minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire
racks. Cool completely. Frost.
Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. Heat oven to 350°F.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes.
Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool
CUPCAKES: Line muffin cups
(2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat
oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22
to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30
"PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately
add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading
consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if
needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups
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