Greater Than God?
Date Added: Nov. 14, 2001
Somebody felt this touching essay sounded like something Paul Harvey would write and, after all, it does seem more compelling if it came from somebody famous. But somebody else thought it might be forwarded even more if doing so revealed the answer to a clever riddle.
Can you answer this riddle?
Here is a pretty neat little thing from Paul Harvey. See if you can guess the riddle at the end.
Paul Harvey Writes:
We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I'd like better.
I'd really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would.
I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.
I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.
And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.
It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.
I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.
I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room,but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him.
When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him/her.
I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.
On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.
If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.
I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.
When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.
I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy\girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.
May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.
I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.
I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.
May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.
I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Hannukah/Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.
These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.
Written with a pen. Sealed with a kiss. I'm here for you. And if I die before you do, I'll go to heaven and wait for you.
Send this to all of your friends. We secure our friends, not by accepting favors, but by doing them.
Paul Harvey RIDDLE:
When asked this riddle, 80% of kindergarten kids got the answer, compared to 17% of Stanford University seniors.
What is greater than God, More evil than the devil, The poor have it, The rich need it, And if you eat it, you'll die?
Send this to 10 people and then press shift and you will get the answer.
P.S. You won't believe this, but this really does give you the answer!!!!
Many things on the 'net are attributed to national radio commentator Paul Harvey. Some are similar to his "Rest of the Story" theme, but others, like this one, don't really sound Harvey-esque. Harvey does have some connection to this piece, but saying that itis "from Paul Harvey" is a bit misleading.
Though Harvey read the essay above on his radio program in 1997, he did not write it. It was originally titled "These things I wish for you," and the author was Lee Pitts. It existed in many forms before it was read by Harvey and published in Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul in 2000. The Harvey attribution may be because the theme of the essay is similar to other essays that have been misattributed to him.
The essay circulated alone before the riddle was attached. Just as with the essay, Harvey did not create the riddle. He may have featured it on his show, but I've been unable to verify that. Given no reliable source, there is no reason to believe the statistics. In fact, they only exist to illustrate how we tend to get jaded as we get older and fail to see the simple answers that kids easily identify. Sending this e-mail 10 times, then pressing "shift" will not make anything happen except possibly make 10 people mad at you.
Come to think of it, doing what the letter says will produce exactly the solution to the riddle... NOTHING! Break this Chain.