Encourage your family to help others
By Jerry Nine
(Dec. 18)—Most of the cattle auctions in our area are winding down this week and will be shut down for two weeks. For the workers to be able to get any time off and plan something with their family, we have to shut down for two weeks. Otherwise we have to have workers there to unload several days before the sale and several days after the sale so if you shut down for only one week then some workers would not get any time off.
With Christmas coming up this next week I challenge every family to do something different this year for Christmas. Along with what your family already has planned, have each member of your family—from the oldest to the youngest—do something to make or buy something for someone outside the family this year. Pick out someone who has lost a loved one or someone struggling financially and take them something whether it is a bicycle, toy or something to eat. It promotes your family to think of others and it will definitely make yourself feel good. Then when the family gets together let each one tell the story of who he or she helped.
Our family started that tradition last year and most all of us liked that better than exchanging gifts for us adults. I made sure each one of my boys were directly involved and took a bike to a kid that couldn’t afford one. It’s good for them to see that not everyone has everything that most kids have today.
I went by our new assisted living center in our small town. The facility is beautiful. I always think I am too busy or I give some excuse. Most every adult in there said thank you for coming by. It’s amazing how simply visiting with someone older for only a few minutes brightens their day.
I found a paper that said, “This is for all the men who loved the dumb blond jokes.” What is the thinnest book in the world? “What men know about women.” How does a man take a bubble bath? “He eats beans for dinner.” What is the difference between men and government bonds? “Bonds mature.” How do you save a man from drowning? “Take your feet off his head.” What do men and beer bottles have in common? “Both (are) empty from the neck up?” How can you tell if a man is happy? “Who cares.” How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet paper? “We don’t know…it’s never happened.” What is a man’s idea of helping with the house work. “Lifting his legs so you can vacuum.” How are men and a parking lot alike? “Good ones taken rest handicapped.” What does a man consider a seven-course meal? “A hot dog and a six pack of beer.”
Editor’s note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Okla., is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Laverne, Okla.