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  •  I think it was Mark Twain (2+ / 0-)
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    twigg, BachFan

    that said " When I was 17 I was sure my father was the stupidest man in the world.  At 21, I was amazed at how much he's learned in the last 4 years"

    My FIL did meet a young man at the door with a shotgun he was cleaning.  My future wife never got asked out on a date by that guy again.  Pappy thought it was all in great fun.

    I wanted a pump shotgun, work the action (ka chunck) just before you open the door for your daughter's date.  Probably could have gotten the same result with a tape recording.....

    •  Yep. This quote... (1+ / 0-)
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      When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
      attributed to Mark Twain was a real source of strength for me when my wife and I contemplated and embarked on parenthood ourselves.  Seeing it come true in my own life gave me faith that it might come true again with my own children.

      And as comic Stephen Wright said about his desire to live forever, so far, so good.

      "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

      by bartcopfan on Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 02:33:52 PM PDT

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