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August 05, 2009
Ever notice how our brains are wired to make all the neat little connects in life? I was just reading a book called Sharing a Laugh, which is a compilation of heartwarming and sidesplitting stories from Patsy Clairmont, Barbara Johnson, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, and Thelma Wells. In a chapter called In Search of a Giggle, Patsy Clairmont talks about one of her favorite refrigerator magnets, the one which reads: "Mom, I'll always love you, but I'll never forgive you for washing my face with spit on your hankie."

"I howled at that one the first time I saw it," quips Patsy, "because it's so true--we moms do that. My kids didn't see the humor as they have been the direct recipients of that family-cleaning solvent."

My first reaction when I read it was, "Who in the world carries handkerchiefs anymore? Why, some kids wouldn't even know a real cloth one if they saw one. And tissues don't hold up very well when they get wet."

Suddenly, though, a little image from the school year emerged on the screen of my mind. Two little first grade girls were sitting in the lunchroom. It was probably spaghetti day or something--I don't remember that part. I also don't remember who the recipient was, but I can see the "little mommy" plain as day. She took her friend's face, framed it between her little hands, turning her so she could get a good angle, And right then and there, she put two fingers to her mouth, and proceded to tenderly give her friend a spit wash. No hankie needed. Neither of the chums was embarrassed, and I wasn't about to say there was something unsanitary about spit-cleaning in the cafeteria. I just retreated to the kitchen so they wouldn't see the chuckle that was building up inside me.

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