“Children are the very Best of Gifts”

We all want a very good family, one that has both parents at home and with the children, for all of their  lives.  That is what we want! But, what are we willing to do, as  good parents to see to it, that we have a  very good family – can not say a “perfect” family, as there is nothing,  that is so  very perfect on this Earth, right NOW!

With all of that said, take a look at the  following…

Do you realise that the words,  those words, that are  the most important, are  words that most of  us, do not use in our daily LIFE as we should.

TIME – that is  so important, as none of us know for sure just exactly how long we will be here on EARTH!  The next important WORD Is  MONEY!

“SPENDING” what a word?”  From day one, we are given “money” as a child to buy something – and we did nothing in the world to earn it and for no good reason, but that someone just thought we might like it? They may have even coached us about how to spend it, like getting something that we might like?

As we reached that age, when we were not so cute and sweet, “NOBODY” was just handing out any kind of money, and made it clear – that one does have to work, to earn it, and there we are wondering, “What in world happened to me, I can not have something for nothing?”

So it looks like we have to  start thinking more about “TIME” – and how much “TIME” do we feel we really have?  Having our children,  and now, that they are small, and everything is new and amazing as  it can be, this  is a  very big and beautiful world and everything we see is new and so wonderful, that which we hear, we never heard before?

We are learning from the very first day, we enter into the LIFE with our new family, and we want to enjoy the new road that we are on – on EARTH – and what those best of ways would be  – for each child  here, it should  be so special,  that  – we must think of, just how,  we want to spend all  of our TIME,  and as much as we can, right NOW this very new minute, showing my new child, everything that is beautiful for my child to enjoy with me, the parent, as for this very first TIME in my LIFE.

I am  NOW, seeing it all NEW,  as if, I had  never seen it before, because now,  my child is asking questions about everything that is new and beautiful – as this  is his first TIME, and  is a first TIME for me. too!

“Small children are just so  extra wonderful – the most precious  of all of the GIFTS, that our Creator can give to us!”    D.V.

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Laugh out loud on National Knock Knock Joke Day! October 31st encourages telling a few funny knock knock jokes while going door to door. And the day is for jokesters of all ages, too.

A little history of the Knock Knock Joke:
1929:  The game of Buff – A child with a stick thumps it on the ground using the following dialogue:
Knock Knock
Who’s There:
What says, Buff:

Buff says Buff to all his men, and I say Buff to you again.

1934:  The standard knock-knock joke format was used in a newspaper humor column:
Knock Knock
Who’s There?
Rufus Who?
Rufus the most important part of your house.

1936:  Likely the beginning of popularity for knock-knock jokes.

Knock-knock jokes became a regular part of the Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in Show in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

At a very young age, children often learn to tell knock-knock jokes as one of their first types of jokes. They also like making up knock-knock jokes to tell their family and friends. What’s your favorite knock-knock joke?

HOW TO OBSERVE #KnockKnockJokeDay

Take turns telling knock-knock jokes with your kids. Make up new ones or tell some old classics. Trade them back and forth and let the giggles ensue. Laughter is some of the best medicine you can share.

Have a knock-knock joke-writing contest. Take videos and share them. Visit fatherly.com to find some funny ones for kids.

Tell your best knock-knock jokes and use #KnockKnockJokeDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for projects, puzzles, and more designed to Celebrate Every Day® with your students!

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“The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show”

  Here we are sending GREETINGS to all of our FRIENDS that were unable, to come along for all of the FUN!

Looks like little LEX is busy watching the main event, the “Blue Angels” – because that is what “LEX” wants to be when he is a little older!

If you did not get your tickets,  in time for the “SHOW” just hate to say it,  but you did miss out,  on one of the very best  “EVENTS” taking place, right here in the “Saint Louis” area!

     “Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo”

“Just one of the BEST   “Air SHOWS” and everyone we talked with – just had so much Fun,  enjoying all of  the planned  “Activities”   here at  the “SPIRIT of St. LOUIS  AIR SHOW”  a most  wonderful  “TIME”  for all of  us, in Saint Louis!”

“LUCKY  Saint Louis to have the History and Heritage with men and women to carry  on  with all of the “AVENUES of  FLIGHT”  now,  and  for all generations,  that will  follow!”     D.V.

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“Happy Birthday to LEX from Great Grandma”

It sure is a good thing, to remember the “half-way mark” in time. What I mean, to say is – that little children love music, and when it is just for them – well then, that means more FUN,  for them too!

So, when you are  at the big “one and a half” going on to the BIG  BOY  “TWO” – let us start singing and dancing all  to some “HAPPY” music – made just for “LEX”  himself!

Great Grandmas’  just LOVE to sing and dance, since they are  “NOW” in their second “CHILD-hood” stage, and just LOVE  playing like a kid,  again!

As a “KID” again – I am trying to decide, if it is more “FUN”  doing the age of  “TEN”  better, than starting out again, at the beginning age, of  just  being the big “ONE!” 

“It is so much more  “FUN”  at this age – when you can change the years around, this way, or that a way,  just to see where the cooperating  “BODY” wants to take you!”  All these many years, I remember telling everyone  – that is,  to all  those, that were so nosy, and just had to ask, “HOW old,  are you  anyway?”

For so many years, I was keeping company, with good old “JACK BENNY” himself  – till all of a sudden, my son turned “39” and then, even for a while, I would just tell  everyone, “We are both, “39” again!” 

There were a few “dumb looks”  as I remember – but then, as time goes on, “It goes on without, YOU!”  There just seems to be an awakening amongst the people that do  know you, and they already have a good idea – so why go through the old, “Song and Dance”  routine,  again?

Life is so FUNNY, at times –  that is when you are young – I mean “real young”  you tell everyone how old you are – but,   you have added too many extra years. Then when you do hit “21” – you stay there for awhile.

Some are like me, when I was “15” and applying for work, I was asked, “Are you, 18” and thinking that I may look “18” to them, I  just said,  “YES!”  So I filled out all the paper work and did not have a Social Security card. I just said, “No one ask me for one, before?”   They were so nice, they said, “Don’t worry, we will send for one, for YOU!”

So the good word for “TODAY”  is, “Be what  ever age you feel comfortable, at being – no matter what age you are – YOU will have FUN – if you can just show everyone  some “LOVE and KINDNESS”  for all  of the wonderful things,  that they are helping you  to do, each and everyday of your LIFE!

“OH” one more thing,  everyone was created for a very special job,  and or task to do here on EARTH.   If you give THANKS to your Creator day and night, when getting up early in the day and when you go to bed at night – You will be guided along your journey here, as to what you were created to do!  “Seek and find” and before you know it – you will find that “special PATH” made just for you!   D.V.

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“It is a GREAT DAY for a PICNIC”

        “WOW” and another “WOW”


St. Vincent’s Home Picnic, invitation said to bring your FAMILY, so this photo has some of my FAMILY!

This is my son, Al and his two daughters, which are my “GRAND-DAUGHTERS”  which is absolutely  terrific, if I say so myself. 

That is  “JAIME” on the left,  and then on the right is “ALYSSA”   and, is there a  better  word than,  “WOW”  that, I can say, as I am so proud to be their “Grandma” – so, and here we go, with an  “Oh- well”  – but!

Just have to exclaim, and maybe even  a little louder, so  how about another  and very loud,  “BIG WOW -WOWEE!”

We had FUN and enjoyed  everything and  meeting everyone that  we had not seen for so very many years  – so glad that so many “golden-oldies” did show up, and for our rating  for this extra special occasion,   just to let you know, that is for  all of those, who did not show up,  it was “Excellent” – “TOP DRAWER”   the best of times – for all of  those, that were there!

Just to make everyone feel  real GOOD, and  to know,  that we had a terrific “good-old-time”  including  that excellent meal,  you may as well just say,  that this  get together occasion for all of us  “old-timers”  from the 1940’s was just,   “OFF THE CHARTS!”

        “St. Vincent’s Home – Chapel”


Here we are,  in the St. Vincent Chapel, on a tour guide to see all of the new and different things going on  today this, September 27th – 2015!

In the Photo above is  “GRANDMA”  MARY ELLEN ALDRICH,  Grandson, “ALAN” and his Dad, big “Al.” For those that like to read good books,   “Al” is  the  published author of   “AEROS” –  Book by Al Aldrich ********* Check out “AMAZON”    *****   “This book is terrific, if I say so, myself!”

This was one of the best days  for a “senior citizen” to have,  just to  be able to celebrate with FAMILY and old “CLASSMATES” from “GRADE SCHOOL DAYS” and to think,   that this  surprise was perfect, as  I  only had to wait, almost  a good  “seventy”  and  or more years to arrive,  at this point  in time, and be  really surprised!

  “WOW” what a wonderful   “LIFE” – and if we just  – do not weaken –  Let’s do it again!     D.V.

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“O key – Dokey”

“O Key – Dokey” is the answer, that  I received on the “telephone”  earlier today,  when I was talking to my son, Lee.

So, all day – I kept hearing those silly words working around in my head – just could not stop thinking – that I have not heard anyone say “O key – Dokey” in maybe 50 years  or more. No one,  that I know of – has ever answered me – when talking – with a “O key – Dokey” and in such a silly little ole sing-song way?

Since it has been so long,  just had to check it out on line – just to see if there was a song – and just exactly  what the words  still meant?  Never can tell, what “words” mean, today!  Seems that some of the old stuff,  that we thought was okay and funny,  a hundred years ago,  well – it has an entirely different meaning today.

After my search on-line, found the above song for “kids” that seems to be all-right, as children are singing it, or so it looks and sounds like, to me.

The words still float around in my brain, just  guessing  that they will for awhile.  Waiting to use these same old words,  when my son, Lee calls back.  Boy, “OH-Boy” – will he  ever be surprised!  So I’m guessing, we  will have to find out – how and why and or where he picked up these silly old words – from a hundred years back or so? Guess we will be laughing for a long time,  on the phone – sure glad that,  this is not way back  in those “good ole” days, that, I can remember  – when we talked a long time on the phone –   “toll calls”  ended up, costing the “caller” a pretty  dine or two!

Let me know – if you have some silly “old time” words, that we do not use?  Just  maybe,   they need to be revised and or used again – maybe just for effect!

“Silly is”  as   “old SILLY  does”  and  “that would be me.” “Fun and laughter is the name of the game!”  “How else can one keep  their self,  young – and try to be a little younger,  than they really are!”

“If you have small children around – play the above song, “HOKEY – COKEY”   but, do  say the  old words “O key – Dokey” – see if they will remember, later on.” 

When the children ask if they can do something, and you answer in a “sing-song” voice, “O key – Dokey”  and then you all,  will  start to laugh and continue having more “FUN” with more singing and dancing around,  just remember then,   that you are  making a terrific memory,  for all to remember, forever!

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