Italian-American Citizen's Club

Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

Members Letter February 2015

 

La Lettera February 2015
Letter from the President
Dear Friends,

Well we managed to duck the blizzard of 2015 with only about 10” of snow, not the 24”-30” they had predicted. Also, we never got the high winds that were expected. I guess you could say we dodged the bullet! Or was it something else? While I was home on our “snow day” I received tons of emails from friends who were also home due to the snow and decided to flood my email account because I think they were bored with little to do but enjoy the beauty of the day. One of my buddies sent me a story that stood out from the rest. I would like to share it with you.

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, just staring at the pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips. He gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again he smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but never said a word.

As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “what did you do today that made you so happy”? He replied, “I had lunch with God”. But before his mother could respond, he added, “you know what? He’s got the most beautiful smile I have ever seen!”

Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, “Dad what did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I ate potato chips in the park with God.” However, before his son responded he added, “you know he is much younger than I expected.”

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Embrace all equally!


Have lunch with God... Bring chips.

My fellow members, remember February 14th is Valentines Day, remember to do something special for the one you love!! This month try to do something a little extra, like maybe buy a round of drinks at the club bar and make sure I am there if you do!!

CIAO,

Joe Q

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