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hour a day seven days a week commit - ment. Wait, maybe that’s the not so great thing about having chil- dren.

ent you can also

about eating hot food or having

water. Oh my goodness, can I ever get a shower without chaos. No matter what I do


As a par- forget

Cold Food, Cold Showers and Crying T

by Gabriel A. Fraire of Healdsburg, CA ~

he great thing about having children is that they are a 24

or say before I get in that shower as soon as that nice warm water starts pounding the back all hell

loose out there, some- where in the house.

As a par- ent, one must be- come much better

distinguish- ing differ- ent levels of crying. The

in the shower I heard some crying and determined was more of the I-want-at-


day while it

other at breaks

tention-but-I’m-not-really- hurt, so I ignored it. When my chil- dren reach the this-is- real - ly-seri- ous-cry- ing

have no qualms a bout st i ck - ing

head right in

shower stall, just to


sure I hear them.


terrupted showers I love the drama (I have two girls not that I’m saying there is a connection.)

mas: The toy no one wants until someone else wants it. I’ve seen toys buried in some lost corner suddenly discovered by one child and just as that child reaches down to pick it up, from a


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Shortly thereafter, the inn- keeper returned with the oysters, reporting that the horse would have nothing to do with them.

“Well, then,” answered the now comfortably ensconced gentleman, “I guess I shall have to eat them myself.”

Pg 8 • MAY 2019 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. The love that comes from friendship is the underlying facet of a happy life. ~ Chelsea Handler One of my favorite dra- Beside cold food and in- their they

different part of the house, the other child yells, “Don’t touch that. I’m playing with it.”


children say make me smile in amazement. Howeve r , the remark that makes me

my head and almost start

“Daddy, I’m hungry.”

is heard just about the time the last washed dish goes into the drain board:

Gabriel A. Fraire has been a writer more than 45 years. He has written fiction and non-fiction books, plays, po- ems, music lyrics, and news articles. But, he writes about his children exclusively for the Upbeat Times.

to cry hang

Some re- my

Joke # 2

19TH-CENTURY NONSENSE: (A subtle pun)

Passing by a house that had been almost consumed by fire, a Bostonian inquired as to whose it was. On being told that it had belonged to a hatter, he observed: “Well, then, I guess the loss will be much felt.”

A gentleman once came into an inn on a very cold day and could find no room near the fire. Calling to the innkeeper, he asked that a peck of oysters be delivered to his horse in the stable. “Your horse


will eat oysters?” inquired the host. “Just try him,” replied the gentleman.

Immediately, the people ran out to see this won- der, and the gentleman had his choice of fireside seats.

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