“What a wonderful story. My 11 year old daughter has a similar lovey- a penguin named Peachy. To facilitate his return, should he wander, I got a pet tag engraved with ----"s Peachy and my cellphone number, and firmly sewed it at his neck where a dog's tag would be. I got one of the rubber cases to protect the edges, and I got a big tag, for choking worries, though my daughter was older than 3. It gives her an extra layer of security, though we have not left Peachy anywhere in all of our travels.”
Feb 21, 2012 at 14:54:04
“Countries change. Just think of eastern Europe, Africa, or Asia. Does it have Czechoslovakia? East Pakistan? The USSR? Upper Volta? What about South Sudan? Myanmar? Croatia? etc etc. Depending upon the age of the globe, it might still have the Austro-Hungarian Empire, or the Ottoman Empire. What about Germany?”
“In New York, the "Safe Haven" law only applies for babies up to 30 days old. Other states have other cutoffs.
ABANDONED INFANT PROTECTION ACT
New York State’s Abandoned Infant Protection Act allows a parent to abandon a newborn baby up to 30 days of age anonymously and without fear of prosecution -- if the baby is abandoned in a safe manner.
A parent is not guilty of a crime if the infant is left with an appropriate person or in a suitable location and the parent promptly notifies an appropriate person of the infant’s location. A hospital, staffed police or fire station are examples of safe and suitable choices.
A person leaving an infant under this law is not required to give his or her name.”
Jan 23, 2012 at 08:48:30
“I know I get migraines when I get dehydrated. 64 oz is not a magic number, but it seems to be a no brainer - if you only drink a little a day ( and not just water, but maybe just coffe and juice in the morning, a soda at lunch, and ? at dinner), try drinking more and see if you notice a difference. Maybe every trip to the bathroom - add a cup of water - input - output. If you are only slightly dehydrated, you relly might not know it, and think that how you feel is "normal" . Tap water is free, and a little bit more certainly won't hurt you.”
“Not the first royal. King George V, Queen Elizabeth's grandfater, had two, a dragon and a Jerusalem Cross. Winston CHurchill and FRD both had tats, as did Winston CHurchill's mother, who also had bilateral nipple piercings. (So much for our view of the Victorians!) Frederick !X of Denmark, who died in 1972, had numerous tats and loved to show them off. Both Frederick and Geroge were naval officers before, so it wasn't unusual.”
Jan 25, 2013 at 08:53:01
“Similar case - Huntington's disease. It's genetic, so aside from being tested to determine if you (might) pass it on, do you want to be told at 25 that you have something that you will get at 50ish, with no treatment or cure in sight? I like the lion and the bb gun analogy. Maybe it will help friends understand why I don't want to know.”
Dec 7, 2012 at 22:16:48
“Cover the toilet paper tuber with contact paper. Use it to hold the folded cord from your small appliance when you store it - better than a rubberband which dries out and falls off. My father did this 40 years ago.”
“My now 24 year old daughter was born with only one hand. She has other orthopedic impairments as well, but is currently working on her PhD in Rehab science, helping to develop a power wheelchair with robotic arms. We let her try anything she wanted, and she succeeded at many of them - Girl Scouts (she got her Gold Award) , softball, going to sleep away camp half the country away and flying home alone, playing baritone, going to a top ranked college 14 hours away and now living on her own in a large city. . . Shriners Hospital in Springfield was a wonderful place that gave her the braces and prognostics she needed, all for free. She has a prosthetic arm that she uses as needed, mostly not. She advocated for herself in Kindergarten, and would tell people that her braces helped her walk like glasses helped people see. We did not treat her any differently, and so she didn't think of herself as different, so other people didn't either. As Oscar Pistorius recently said," my mom would tell my brother to put his shoes on in the morning, and me to put on my legs. I just grew up thinking that I had different shoes." Your attitude will make all the difference for your daughter. Google " Elaine F. Houston" to see what great things can happen.”
joyfulnois on Sep 2, 2012 at 17:42:06
“Kudos to both you and your daughter - you, for fostering an atmosphere of "can do" instead of "can't" for her, and her for having that "can do" attitude and spirit.”
“"you did good" No you didn't. You can do a good job, or you can do well. I hear that every day.
Using myself instead of I. It is an intensifier. " I myself moved the south 40 this afternoon. " But "Dee and I, not Dee and myself mowed . . . ."”
UrNotJ on Jun 20, 2012 at 19:52:55
“It is quite possible to do good. You helped a man change a tire. You did good. You started a charity to help victims of natural disasters. You did good. You saved the lives of several children in a house fire. You did good. It's not the quality of the job that is being questioned; it's the morality of the task.”
“Keep it up. Our oldest daughter was born with only 1 hand, (among other things, like less than full use of her other hand.) She is now working on her PhD in Rehabilatition Engineering. We were confortable with who she was, and so is she. When she was in preschool, she would say,"my braces help me walk like glasses help you see." She uses a prosthetic arm sometimes, when it helps, but mostly doesn't. She would do things like use it a candle dipping demo for gilr scouts so she would not 1) burn her fingers, and 2) so other girls could "stare" at it without staring, and so get used to it. She was a pirate - hey she already only had one hand, or a hook depending. Shriner's Hospital was wonderful. A friend of hers (and her mother) tried to "cover up" her missing hand (mid forearm) and to this day she will hide her arm in photos, , behind her back, etc. 24 and she still isn't comfortable with herself. Nothing has held my daughter back, and she isn't shy.”
“I feel your pain. My oldest daughter, 24, wears a 3 1/2 or 4 with out her leg braces, and an 8 1/2 with them. So she has two sets of shoes, depending if she is walking or using her wheelchair. My 15 year old wears an 11 1/2, and is picky about shoes. She also needs ones with good support, so all of the cute ballet flat ones are out, as are heels. We can't even buy sneakers in stores, as they don't carry ones that big, and men's are too wide. My 10 year old wears a woman's 6. Try finding age appropiate shoes in the women's dept! She thinks it funny that her feet have been bigger than her oldest sisters for two years. I have orthotics, so I can only wear flats with straps or ties. On line stores with free returns are my friends. I would rather go bathing suit shopping than shoe shopping!”
“A more interesting question would be what percentage of the world's population even has e-mail or facebook?”
Virtual Deux on Mar 28, 2012 at 05:53:12
“Interestingly enough , as of 2011 the figure was something like 30% or so. http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm has a nice reference chart. Also interesting , as of 2010 google held over 44% of all online advertising.”
“My daughters are 24, 15 and 10. We have always had small parties at home, generally with the "one plus your age" rule. When they were really little, it wasn't much beyond cake and icecream and simple games. At one "dog" party the 4 year olds spend a half hour taking turns trying to throw "dog bones" (crepe paper wrapped rolls of sweet tarts) into a metal bowl. The bones became favors. The Penny Whistle Party planner has some great theme ideas. Each daughter has had a cooking party, where they decorated their own cupcakes, and made icecream. The favor was an apron with their name on it, and a chef's hat. Another was a backwards party. I printed the invitations backwards. We started with gifts and cake, played pin the donkey on the tail, etc. Another was a beach party in Feb. I cranked up the heat, we had hotdogs and chips and icecream cake, and played "beach vollyball" with a balloon, and limbo. My 15 year old has had tea parties with little sandwiches, and cookies, served on my good china. I don't think I have ever spent over $50, for everything. Yes, they get invited to big over the top parties where everyone is invited, and don't always ask those kids to theirs. That's life. I don't hink the kids care, and if the parents feel "gypped" that is their problem for feeling that their kid is "entitled" to an invitation. Just don't send invitations to school.”
“Similar talk comes up in our town. We have an area, and an Elementary school, called "Gayhead". The school has been called that since the 1960's. Different stories about the origin, but all dating back to the Revolution or just after, referring to the decorations on someone's head or hat. New parents move into town, and come to the PTA up in arms about the name because it means. . . . ..”
tommy lombardo on Mar 13, 2012 at 16:39:04
“...it means Happy! Merry! Joyful! Fun! Sadly the word was hijacked.”
“When I married, the bridesmaids wore long satin skirts, (which we made) and dressy blouses that could then be worn later with a suit. We were all just out of college, and didn't have much money. The skirts could be worn again too, with a different top. I wore my Aunt's 1940's dress. The most expensive thing ws a new petticoat for it. My friends thanked me for being so practical, and did wear their "dresses", expecially the blouses, many times. The flower girl wore a dress that her big sister had worn in another wedding. We had the reception at the church hall. We spent the most money on pictures, becasue they would last beyond the day. My three daughters hear about it, and want the same type of wedding. That was 30 years ago this May, and still happily married.”