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October 22, 2002

If you're ready to take a break, pour a cup of coffee or whatever you wish, kick back and enjoy the following, provided by a thoughtful reader.

When a close relative was in the hospital with a fractured leg, she was on morphine to ease the pain. She was going in and out of consciousness, so to keep her entertained while she was awake I was reading her clues for an EASY crossword puzzle and she was supplying the answers. Most of the answers were three- and four-letter words. After we had done this for a while, she asked me, "Don't you know ANY of those?"

The math teacher saw that little Johnny wasn't paying attention in class. She called on him and said, "Johnny! What are 4, 9, 2 and 38?" Little Johnny quickly replied, 'NBC, CBS, HBO and the Cartoon Network!"

When I stopped the bus to pick up Chris for pre-school, I noticed an older woman hugging him as he left the house. "Is that your grandmother?" I asked. "Yes," Chris said. "She's come to visit us for a while." "How nice," I said. "Where does she live?" "At the airport," Chris replied. "Whenever we want her, we just go out there and get her."

I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and always she was correct. But, it was fun for me, so I continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying sagely, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!"

When the mother returned from the grocery store, her small son pulled out the box of animal crackers he had begged for, then he spread the animal-shaped crackers all over the kitchen counter. "What are you doing?" his Mom asked. "The box says you can't eat them if the seal is broken," the boy explained. "I'm looking for the seal."

And, finally, this one to grow on:

This little grandmother was surprised by her seven-year-old grandson one morning. He had made her coffee. She drank what was the worst cup of coffee in her life. When she got to the bottom, there were three of those little green Army men in the cup. She said, "Honey, what are these Army men doing in my coffee?" Her grandson said, "Grandma, it says on TV, The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup!"

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