To Make a Little One Laugh

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You know, I love to hear little children laugh…especially if it was my own kids or now my grand kids. There is hardly a more beautiful sound in the world then their laughter. And that means, that as a grandpa, I will do darn near anything to make them laugh!

On Labor Day, our youngest son and his family came over to have a BBQ and spend some time with us. They don’t have a dog of their own and they always want to know how our dog is doing and they want to come and see her. Breaks our heart, don’t you know!?!?!?!

Anyway, when they came over, I thought it would be a good idea to smear almond butter on the bottoms of their feet so the dog could like them off. The picture above was taken as the dog was working on one foot. What was the result? Well, you’ll have to scroll all the way down to the end to get the reaction of the youngest to having her foot licked clean by our dog!

If I can hear my grand children laugh (and help to make that happen!), then I’ve had a GREAT day!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1944,

On this day in 1944, the U.S. 1st Marine Division lands on the island of Peleliu, one of the Palau Islands in the Pacific, as part of a larger operation to provide support for Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who was preparing to invade the Philippines. The cost in American lives would prove historic.

The Palaus, part of the Caroline Islands, were among the mandated islands taken from Germany and given to Japan as one of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles at the close of World War I. The U.S. military lacked familiarity with the islands, and Adm. William Halsey argued against Operation Stalemate, which included the Army invasion of Morotai in the Dutch East Indies, believing that MacArthur would meet minimal resistance in the Philippines, therefore making this operation unnecessary, especially given the risks involved.

Peleliu was subject to pre-invasion bombardment, but it proved of little consequence. The Japanese defenders of the island were buried too deep in the jungle, and the target intelligence given the Americans was faulty. Upon landing, the Marines met little immediate resistance—but that was a ploy. Shortly thereafter, Japanese machine guns opened fire, knocking out more than two dozen landing craft. Japanese tanks and troops followed, as the startled 1st and 5th Marine regiments fought for their lives. Jungle caves disgorged even more Japanese soldiers. Within one week of the invasion, the Marines lost 4,000 men. By the time it was all over, that number would surpass 9,000. The Japanese lost more than 13,000 men. Flamethrowers and bombs finally subdued the island for the Americans—but it all proved pointless. MacArthur invaded the Philippines without need of Army or Marine protection from either Peleliu or Morotai.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Research suggests that dark chocolate boosts memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem-solving skills by increasing blood flow to the brain. Studies have also found that dark chocolate can improve the ability to see in low-contrast situations (such as poor weather) and promote lower blood pressure, which has positive effects on cholesterol levels, platelet function, and insulin sensitivity.

And here is the aforementioned picture of the little one as the dog was licking her foot…

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