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brkid1
The Red and the Green Stamps


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Today's message brought to you by my friendly neighborhood glurginator. I have posted it verbatim:

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This is without a doubt one of the best Internet stories I have ever read. I hope you read it
all and it affects you like it affected me. This is certainly something for all of us to think about.

A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in
high school by telling them the difference they each made. She called each
student to the front of the class, one at a time. First she told each
of them how they made a difference to her and the class. Then she
presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters, which
read, "Who I Am Makes A Difference".

Afterwards the teacher decided to do a class project to see what
kind of impact recognition would have on the community. She gave each
of the students three more ribbons and instructed them to go out and
spread this acknowledgment ceremony. Then they were to follow up on the
results, see who honored whom and report back to the class in about a week.

One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a
nearby company and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He
gave him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt. Then he gave him the two
extra ribbons and said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd
like you to go out, find some body to honor, give them a blue ribbon,
then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person
to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back to me
and tell me what happened.

Later that day the junior executive went to see his boss. Who
had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his
boss down and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative
genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him
if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and would he give him
permission to put it on him. His surprised boss said, "Well sure." The
junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's
jacket above his heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said,
"Would you do me a favor? Would you take T his extra ribbon and pass it
on by honoring somebody else. The young boy who first gave me the ribbons
is doing a project in school and he wants to keep this recognition
ceremony going and find out how it affects people."

That night the boss came home to his 14-year old son and sat him
down. He said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was
in my office and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired
me and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine, he
thinks I'm a creative genius. Then he put this blue ribbon that says "Who I Am
Makes A Difference" on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra
ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor.

As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about whom I
would honor with this ribbon and I thought about you. I want to honor you. My
days are really hectic and when I come home I don't pay a lot of
attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in
school and for your bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight, I just
wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a
difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important
person in my life. You're a great kid and I love you!" The startled
boy started to sob and sob, and he wouldn't stop crying. His whole body
shook.

He looked up at his father and said through his tears, "Dad, earlier
tonight I sat in my room and wrote a letter to you and Mom explaining
why I killed myself and asking you to forgive me. I was going to commit
suicide tonight after you were asleep. I just didn't think you cared at all.
The letter is upstairs, I don't think I need it after all." His Father
walked upstairs and found a heartfelt letter full of anguish and pain. The
envelope was addressed, "Mom and Dad."
The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a
grouch but made sure to let all his employees know that they made a
difference. The junior executive helped several other young people with career
planning and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his
life....one being the boss's son. And the young boy and his classmates
learned a valuable lesson. Who you a re DOES make a difference.

You are under no obligation to send this on to anyone.... not to
two people or to two hundred people. As far as I'm concerned, you can
delete it and move on to the next message. If you want, you can send it to all of
the people who mean something to you, or send it to the one, two, or three
people who mean the most. Or just smile and know that someone
thinks that you are important, or you wouldn't have received this in
the first place.

Remember that I gave you a blue ribbon!


This person sends me this kind of stuff all day at work. I've sent her replies, from kind to sarcastic, but she just can't be stopped. I guess she's kind of like the Terminator of glurge.
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Captain Zombie
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Maybe she's the Glurginator... wait, she's a Glurginatrix


Captain "I'll be glurgy" Zombie!

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Open Mike Night
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I've started giving out ribbons too!

Red one says :Who I am makes a difference, but others cope anyway.

Yellow ones say: I really make no difference at all, most don't even realize I'm Here.

Green ones say: I'm only kissing up, this praise isn't sincere.

Orange ones say: I should go somewhere else to make a difference.

I never thought to include the blue ribbons

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mccliii
The Red and the Green Stamps


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I only give blue ribbons to properly clad Scotsmen.
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Methuselah
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quote:
Originally posted by Open Mike Night:
I've started giving out ribbons too!

Red one says :Who I am makes a difference, but others cope anyway.

Yellow ones say: I really make no difference at all, most don't even realize I'm Here.

Green ones say: I'm only kissing up, this praise isn't sincere.

Orange ones say: I should go somewhere else to make a difference.

I never thought to include the blue ribbons

YOMANK! [lol] [lol] [lol]

I'll need to order a couple of cases of green ribbons!

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Tootsie Plunkette
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quote:
Originally posted by mccliii:
I only give blue ribbons to properly clad Scotsmen.

...who've won first prize.

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DeeJay
The Red and the Green Stamps


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Interesting how the underlings first inclination is to honor the boss in a highly visible way.
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KennRice
I'll Be Home for After Christmas Sales


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Was anyone else expecting the boss's 14 year old son to be the kid that started the ribbon giving?

Ken

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react2distract
I'll Be Home for After Christmas Sales


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quote:
Originally posted by KennRice:
Was anyone else expecting the boss's 14 year old son to be the kid that started the ribbon giving?

Ken

Yeah, I was expecting the same, but I couldn't figure what the angle would be. Something meaningful, though, I'm sure. [Smile]
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Panda_Marie
The Red and the Green Stamps


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quote:
Originally posted by Tootsie Plunkettios:
quote:
Originally posted by mccliii:
I only give blue ribbons to properly clad Scotsmen.

...who've won first prize.
...after they've passed out drunk? [Wink]

There was a movie that this reminded me off...that I've watched half of a dozen times and everytime I try to watch it all the way through SOMETHING gets in the way.

It's with the kid from The Sixh Sense...and Helan Hunt...and Kevin Spacey. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

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react2distract
I'll Be Home for After Christmas Sales


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quote:
Originally posted by Panda_Marie:
quote:
Originally posted by Tootsie Plunkettios:
quote:
Originally posted by mccliii:
I only give blue ribbons to properly clad Scotsmen.

...who've won first prize.
...after they've passed out drunk? [Wink]

There was a movie that this reminded me off...that I've watched half of a dozen times and everytime I try to watch it all the way through SOMETHING gets in the way.

It's with the kid from The Sixh Sense...and Helan Hunt...and Kevin Spacey. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

Would that be "Pay It Forward"?
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Panda_Marie
The Red and the Green Stamps


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YES! Thank you...I really need to get around to watching he whole damn thing.
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halibut
Deck the Malls


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"Besides your mother, you are the most important
person in my life."

Wow, what a nice father. I've always believed that your children are more important than your spouce. You can fall out of love with your partner, but you never stop loving your own flesh and blood


"The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he wouldn't stop crying. His whole body shook."

Then he prayed to Jesus and his epilepsy was healed

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aranea russus
The First USA Noel


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Yeah, a bit of a goofy Line eh?

"Son, I love you so much, if you were in a burning car, I would pull you out second."

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Panda_Marie
The Red and the Green Stamps


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Hey, it could be worse.

*father places his hand on his sons thigh* "You know, son...I will ALWAYS love you more than your mother. If you catch my drift"

*son is shocked* "DAD! This isn't Japan..."

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noreen
We Three Blings


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Pabst?

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BelleMorte
Jingle Bell Hock


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This is in one of those Chicken Soup books. I remember reading it after my aunt mailed me the book. She had this story flagged.

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Panda_Marie
The Red and the Green Stamps


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quote:
Originally posted by Erica:
This is in one of those Chicken Soup books. I remember reading it after my aunt mailed me the book. She had this story flagged.

Flagged because she thought it was so awful, or flagged because it warmed her heart so?
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Just Me
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quote:
Originally posted by Panda_Marie:
Hey, it could be worse.

*father places his hand on his sons thigh* "You know, son...I will ALWAYS love you more than your mother. If you catch my drift"

*son is shocked* "DAD! This isn't Japan..."

LOL!!

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BelleMorte
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quote:
Originally posted by Panda_Marie:
quote:
Originally posted by Erica:
This is in one of those Chicken Soup books. I remember reading it after my aunt mailed me the book. She had this story flagged.

Flagged because she thought it was so awful, or flagged because it warmed her heart so?
Knowing my aunt, she thought I'd enjoy this sappy stuff. She flagged a bunch of stories in the book. I still have the book somewhere, but I much prefer the stories in the NASCAR Chicken Soup book.

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Every driver, owner and crew chief has a place in our Hall, which won't be moving to Daytona Beach anytime soon. Lone exception? Kyle Petty, who hasn't won a race since 1754.

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Panda_Marie
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quote:
Originally posted by Erica:
quote:
Originally posted by Panda_Marie:
quote:
Originally posted by Erica:
This is in one of those Chicken Soup books. I remember reading it after my aunt mailed me the book. She had this story flagged.

Flagged because she thought it was so awful, or flagged because it warmed her heart so?
Knowing my aunt, she thought I'd enjoy this sappy stuff. She flagged a bunch of stories in the book. I still have the book somewhere, but I much prefer the stories in the NASCAR Chicken Soup book.
Than your aunt is guilty of GLURGE and shall be tried by a jury of her peers...or snopesters.
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Ah, it came from a Chicken Soup book. That explains it!

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BelleMorte
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's from the second Chicken Soup book. The story about the kid not killing himself because someone helped him pick up his books is in there too.

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Shades of Pale
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quote:
Originally posted by halibut:
"Besides your mother, you are the most important
person in my life."

Wow, what a nice father. I've always believed that your children are more important than your spouce. You can fall out of love with your partner, but you never stop loving your own flesh and blood

My children aren't "more important than" my spouse. When my children are grown and gone, it is my husband I'll be left to grow old and die with, if life works out well and my children/spouse don't predecease me. My husband came first and might very well be left afterwards; children are only on loan for a time.

They require more attention during the raising, no doubt; and first precedence in many respects. (Abuse being one, infants' needs being another.)

But more important? No. He is right to put the wife first overall. By the way, many people consider our spouses to be our family, our flesh and blood.

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