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by Joseph Walker

It wasn?t a horrible day. Believe me, I know all about horrible days. I?ve HAD horrible days. And this wasn?t one of them. Not by a long shot.

But it was a Monday, and that?s usually horrible enough.

To start things off, I got up late. Don?t you hate that feeling? You?re still sort of out of it and you?re not exactly sure where you?re supposed to be but you know you?re not supposed to be in bed, so you throw back the covers and start hustling until your mind clears enough to figure out where you?re supposed to be -- only by then it?s too late.

I hate that. It?s an awful way to start the day. Especially a Monday.

Then there were computer problems at work all morning long. Too many pickles on the chicken sandwich at lunch. A pushy-but-somehow-obnoxious constituent on the telephone in the afternoon. Traffic jams on the freeway on the way home.

Nothing spectacular. Nothing life-altering. Nothing out-and-out... you know... horrible. Just another ho-hum, hum-drum, sorta dumb Monday.

Which is why I was tired by the time I got home that evening. Tired and cranky. And maybe a little ornery. So when I sat down to eat dinner with the family I was ready with a shock-and-awe response to just about anything.

Except love.

I noticed the blue paper under my bowl as I was about to take my first slurp of soup. My first thought was that one of the kids had left some homework undone, or that an art project mess had gone uncleaned. So I slipped the paper out from under my bowl and unfolded it to see if I could determine the guilty -- and soon to be executed -- party.

"Dear Joe," the typewritten note inside the folded blue paper began, "you do such a great job of taking care of our family."

Still being in my Monday mode, I wasn?t quite sure what to make of it. Who was this "Joe" character, and what was he doing taking care of my family? And who, I wanted to know, was taking the time and trouble to thank him for it on my beautiful blue computer paper?

"I know that we are constantly on your mind," the note continued, "and I appreciate all the little things that you do to help make our family happy and well."

Suddenly a warm feeling enveloped me. It started in my chest, where my heart recognized the words of my wife, Anita, and realized that she was writing them to me. And it quickly spread to my face, where a goofy grin replaced the furrowed grimace that had been plastered there when I walked in the door.

"We know we can count on you," the note read. "Whether the need is medication or Godiva ice cream, you are always so willing to make a store run no matter what time it is."

My face felt red, and I was sure I was starting to blush so I looked up to see if anyone else noticed. But 13-year-old Elizabeth and 11-year-old Jon were both busy reading notes of their own -- and smiling. As we finished reading, we all folded our notes and tucked them carefully away. We didn?t share their content. That wasn?t really necessary. But for the rest of the evening the entire family shared the wonderful feeling that comes when someone dear to you takes the time to let you know that you are loved and appreciated.

Even on a Monday. ESPECIALLY on a Monday.

Joseph Walker

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Joseph Walker has been writing professionally since 1980, when he left college to join the staff of a daily metropolitan newspaper. For 10 years -- including six as the paper's TV columnist and critic -- he was part of the mainstream media, and was painfully aware of the overwhelming negativity of contemporary journalism. Joe says, "Nobody was looking for real solutions to the problems society was facing; they were just looking for someone or something to blame the problems on." So in 1990 Joe began writing ValueSpeak, a weekly syndicated column that attempts to look at contemporary issues from the perspective of traditional values. Joe and his wife, Anita, are parents of five children, and one grandchild.


Thought For The Day:

"When you do the things you have to do when you have to do them, the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them." --Zig Ziglar

Verse for the Day:

"Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth."--Proverbs 10:4

Kid's Thought for the day:

"Follow the leader is a lot more fun if you're the leader."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"The more a child becomes aware of a parent's willingness to listen, the more a parent will begin to hear." --Gordon MacDonald

Coach's Thought For The Day

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising everytime we fail."--Goldsmith

Writer's Thought For the Day:

"Recently, as an experiment, I suppose, in psychic survival, I reread every horrific review I've ever received to see what I would learn. This is what I learned: I'm right. They're wrong." --David Shields

Deep Thought For The Day:

"He who lives by the sword, should go out and get himself a really nice sword."



"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20

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