In this issue:
1. Commentary on St. Lydwine by St. Alphonsus Liguori
2. Scorpion Stalking Duck is Reorganizing
3. An inspirational story for married folk, followed by a special prayer
4. Stewbean is still missing.
St. Lydwine, early victim of 'checking,' hits the ice.
Comment on St. Lydwine by St. Alphonsus Liguori
St. Lydwine(1380-1433), a pious girl who is the patron saint of skaters, suffered for most of her life from various ailments which began one day when she went skating. She was a very pious girl who offered up her sufferings for the benefit of sinners. Her story is rather yucky to read. Yucky but inspiring.
St. Alphonsus had this to say about her, which is a consolation for all who suffer:
Let it, then, be your endeavor, during the remainder of your life, to love and have confidence in Him; and do not become sad when you find yourself in afflictions and tribulations; for this is a sign, not of His hatred, but of the love which God bears toward you. And therefore, in reference to this point, I will here cite for you the example of the virgin St. Lydwine; and I know not whether there is to be met with among the annals of the Saints an instance of any other soul suffering so great affliction and desolation as did this holy virgin.
St. Lydwine, pray for us!
Reorganization is in Effect
Starting April 1, 2007, Noisykid Kitchen, LLC, doing business as SSD/MetaltrAch, will assume 100% control of the assets of Scorpion Stalking Duck. This will not change any of the creative aspects of Scorpion Stalking Duck. It will only change the management and administrative structure of this blog.
In short, a blog run by Noisykid Kitchen will be a leaner, more aggressive, and efficient blog!
Dinner menus will be published and will be listed in separate categories.
Duck Stalking Scorpion will remain as an independent entity managed by dadwithnoisykids and a skeleton crew of moonlighters who manage the help desk.
A Touching and Inspirational Story
A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They shared everything. They talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.
For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.
She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000.
He asked her about the contents. "When we were to be married," she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll."
The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.
"Honey," he said, "that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?"
"Oh," she said, "that's the money I made from selling the dolls."
After an appropriate amount of time spent in meditation, I would ask all the married women to recite the following prayer:
Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom to understand my man;
Love to forgive him;
And Patience for his moods;
Because Lord, if I pray for
Strength, I'll beat him to death because I don't know how to crochet.
From dadwithnoisykids’ oldest brother, whose wife does not crochet.
Stewbean still missing!
The above manatee, Ekyu Manatee, has been ill in the local animal hospital after we fed him spinach. He appeared to be in a coma, but it turned out to be a nap. He was not able to answer any of our questions, so the news he has of Stewbean will have to wait.
Ice cream, anyone?