Sunday, July 27, 2014

PSA: Drownings are silent

PSA = Public Service Announcement.

I learned at a Red Cross class the other day that drownings are silent. You see plenty of movies and TV shows where drowning victims are splashing about and yelling and making a lot of commotion. So, many people are under the impression they'll hear it if someone is having trouble in a pool. The reality is, drowning victims can't make any noise. They can't yell and won't be able to move to splash or do anything else after a very short amount of time.

I just heard from a neighbor a 2-year-old drowned yesterday in a nearby backyard pool. I felt like mentioning this, but also knew it would appear harsh if it got back to the mother that this was my reaction. So I'll post here instead. Just remember this: Drownings are silent. That sounds memorable, doesn't it? Please pass it along to as many people as you know. And act accordingly. Watch your kids closely when they're in a pool or at the beach. Don't expect a loud noise will tip you off if your kid (or any adult, for that matter) is in trouble.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Men In Heaven

This is my dad's most recent nugget of wisdom:

When everybody on earth was dead and waiting to enter Heaven, God appeared and said, " I want the men to make two lines:

One line for the men who were true heads of their household, and the other line for the men who were dominated by their women.

I want all the women to report to St. Peter ".

Soon, the women were gone, and there were two lines of men.

The line of the men who were dominated by their wives was 100 miles long, and in the line of men who truly were heads of their household, there was only one man.

God said to the long line, " You men should be ashamed of yourselves; I created you to be the head of your household!

You have been disobedient and have not fulfilled your purpose!

Of all of you, only one obeyed. Learn from him."

God turned to the one man,

"How did you manage to be the only one in this line?"

The man replied,

"My wife told me to stand here."