January 1, 2007 - Admin

Happy New Year!

An elderly Louisiana gentleman had owned a large farm for many years. Over the years, he had sold much of his land holdings. However, he kept a sizable acreage around his home site. Near the back of what was now his current property line, he had a large pond. He had built the pond years earlier when his children enjoyed swimming. Now it was there for the Grand and Great Grand Children.

One afternoon the farmer decided to take a walk. To make better use of his walk, he grabbed a five gallon bucket to bring back wild blue berries he knew he would find growing along his intended route.

As he approached the swimming hole, he heard water splashing, laughter and raised voices. As he came closer still, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He cleared his throat to make the women aware of his presence and they promptly fled to the deep end.

One of the women shouted, “We’re going to come out until you leave!” The old man frowned, “I didn’t walk all the way down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond.” Holding the bucket up, he said, “I’m here to feed the alligators.”

This story once again proves – the skill and cunning of old age trumps the enthusiasm and impulsiveness of youth. The farmer even mentioned just how enthusiastic those young women were when they ran past him.

We as American’s are blessed to live in the very best of times. Today is eclipsed only by the promise of an even better tomorrow. I’m very thankful we, as a culture treasure both the wisdom of age and the enthusiasm of youth.

Here’s wishing you the very best of everything in 2007.

Wesley Slade

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