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Old 04-13-2008, 11:47 AM   #1301
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A good plate of food. =)
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:02 PM   #1302
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Rent-a-daughter is coming over today as I haven't seen her since she came back from the frozen North last week. I am doing her taxes for her. Well she called last night to see if I was still up to the visit, which of course I am and asked if there was anything she could do to help me feel better. I smiled to myself and said "just come and see me". To which she replied "oh, I was thinking of dying your hair pink, painting your cane purple and doing your toenails in all different colours!" I didn't stop laughing for about an hour!
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:09 PM   #1303
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I'd love to see that!
(how come she's called rent a daughter?)
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:43 PM   #1304
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Okay, now it is MY turn to retell a story! In another thread I mentioned about a young lady (now 24) who we met through church. She had a pretty rough upbringing, including the fact that her mother never cooked (there isn't even a stove in the house, just a microwave and a single electric burner). She volunteered at a camp several years back where I was head cook. She had NO experience but lots of will to learn. I taught her to cook and she has lived with us on and off for the past 5 or 6 years. She often calls us Mom and Dad and usually it is I she comes to for advice and/or comfort rather than her own mother. One day I said to her I love you calling me Mom, but you have a real one. And she said that she was too old for us to "adopt" her and when she is here she helps with my catering so she said I am kind of like a rent-a-mom. So that is why she is my rent-a-daughter. We have no kids of our own, just about 100 or so who come to us for advice, comfort, just cause, and now for catering or wedding cakes! But this one is extra special to us.
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It takes a very big heart to let in "strangers" into your heart like that. In case no-one has ever told you, you are a very special lady!!
Now, would you like to rent another daughter I could consider leasing a 2 year old.................
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:02 PM   #1306
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Okay, now it is MY turn to retell a story! In another thread I mentioned about a young lady (now 24) who we met through church. She had a pretty rough upbringing, including the fact that her mother never cooked (there isn't even a stove in the house, just a microwave and a single electric burner). She volunteered at a camp several years back where I was head cook. She had NO experience but lots of will to learn. I taught her to cook and she has lived with us on and off for the past 5 or 6 years. She often calls us Mom and Dad and usually it is I she comes to for advice and/or comfort rather than her own mother. One day I said to her I love you calling me Mom, but you have a real one. And she said that she was too old for us to "adopt" her and when she is here she helps with my catering so she said I am kind of like a rent-a-mom. So that is why she is my rent-a-daughter. We have no kids of our own, just about 100 or so who come to us for advice, comfort, just cause, and now for catering or wedding cakes! But this one is extra special to us.
This story. Well done on having a great big heart.
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:33 PM   #1307
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LP, I am touched by your story and especially the modesty with which you present it. The part you are leaving out is your very generous and kind spirit. Certainly made me smile, too. Thanks.
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:42 PM   #1308
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Thanks Suzie, MM and Karen. You have me blushing. I don't feel that I do anything special, I just love kids of all ages and since I was never blessed with my own, I take in others' kids when they need me.

Oh, and Suzie, if the distance between us weren't so big I would definitely take on Lego girl, I love kids with spirit! Oh, and just one tip, wait a few years before introducing her to jigsaw puzzles!
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:35 PM   #1309
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it's so important for young people to have positive role models and know that someone cares about them.......you obviously are one of those special people, LP! I was "adopted" by my best friend's parents, too, and was always invited to stay over and we would sit up and talk to her mom for hours about anything---she also gave me great advice.......no way could I relate to my stepmother who I had major issues with until I was grown up with children of my own and had forgiven her
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I smile and am thankful for all you wonderful loving people on DC. Everyday someone says or does something nice.
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