Wednesday, April 6

Think about this for a while.....

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (1807-1882)

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I don't have any enemies; or maybe I just think I don't. I do like that quote, though, and if we thought more about each persons sorrow and suffering - we surely would be less hostile and more compassionate toward them. 

Several surprises happened here last night. My cat came in from the garage carrying a tiny mouse (dead, thankfully) and deposited it in the kitchen floor. I scooped it up quickly (thanks to the all-seeing eyes of our house guest) and put it in the trash. 

Said house guest has been between houses since he sold his in early January. I offered him to stay here until he could buy and close on another home. What was supposed to take 4-6 weeks turned into 3 months, but we didn't mind at all. If you ever want a nice, nice person to share your home - I have one to recommend! 

The other surprises consisted of his parting gifts:  a Cruz book reader/web-surfer/email receiver/Facebook gizmo that is truly terrific in every way! I just have to figure out how to work it and then I can start downloading books to my heart's content. Mr. kenju received his very own DVD player and a basketball DVD of great teams; nothing could please him more than that. I also got a DVD of one of my favorite movies. He, of course, was not required to give us parting gifts - but wasn't it nice that he did!!? Truth be told, I will miss him more than he knows.


8 comments:

Jay Simser said...

Judy,
this is a wonderful post. Just exactly why I love reading Imagine. A house guest. That would be fun to have. The mouse not so much. j

Kay Dennison said...

I like the Longfellow quote.

My worst enemy is myself. I might have an enemy or two but I can't be bothered to worry about them. It's a wasted effort.

Your house guest is a gem! Enjoy your new toys!

srp said...

Apparently, my ex considers me an enemy. I have spent many years letting all the angst go about him... now, I really just feel sorry for him.

Going in for another infusion for mom tomorrow. My van is on the fritz... the battery was dead. I charged it on Sunday and took it in. It was a brand new battery as the old one had been dead and was almost out of date. So they checked the draw on it and the alternator and said they found nothing. They even kept it an extra day and started it up fine... just some loose cables. So I went this morning to pick it up and when they went to get it... it wouldn't start. So something is wrong... it took three days to drain a perfectly good battery.... somehow I don't think this is going to be easy.

LL Cool Joe said...

I can't imagine being able to put up with a house guest, and I admire anyone who can!

What great gifts too!

Pat said...

My goodness that's a rarity: a house guest who didn't 'go off' after four days, and being given really handsome presents that you appreciate. Couldn't happen to a nicer gal!

Arkansas Patti said...

If you are going to miss him then he was a dandy. Those were cool parting gifts.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I love having company! Your houseguest is welcome here any time (yes, we allow internet strangers to stay at our home sometimes LOL). How kind of him to repay your kindness, even though he didn't have to. You don't see that kind of gratitude much these days. :-)

Looking to the Stars said...

Wow, what a cool house guest. Now of ours was this nice, in fact, they left owing us money :)

That is a good quote & I have often thought that but had no idea anyone said it. I do have enemies, when I was 3 I was the eyewitness to my father's murder. The family who murdered him stole all our money & put me in a foster home. I struggle almost everyday with feelings about these people. I try to stay upbeat & do a pretty good job of it, if I say so myself :)