“No thank you. I only want cheese.”

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Young Gracie Pickle sat down to her dinner,
and smiled just as sweet as you please.
When mommy came in with her chicken and rice,
She answered, “I only want cheese.”

“Oh my,” said Ma Pickle, “you can’t have just that!
How ‘bout some carrots and peas?”
But young Gracie Pickle just shook her small head.
“No thank you. I only want cheese.”

Next, Daddy Pickle poured some pea soup,
and the pepper on top made her sneeze.
“Excuse me,” she said, as she covered her nose,
“But really, I only want cheese.”

Well, they offered her apples and pork chops and ham,
and even a strawberry freeze,
They offered her meatloaf, and thick chocolate cake,
and a salad of crisp lettuce leaves.

To each she said no, and to butter and bread,
spread with honey come straight from the bees.
They laid out lasagnas, and hotdogs with fries,
Yet Gracie would have none of these.

“I do not want chicken, I do not want rice,
I do not want carrots or peas.
I do not want soup or ham, meatloaf or cake.
No thank you. I only want cheese!”

“I do not want salad, I do not want bread,
I do not want strawberry freeze.
I do not want pork chops or hotdogs with fries,
No thank you. I only want cheese!”

“You win, Gracie Pickle!” Her pa sighed at last,
“Here’s a whole plateful, land’s sake!”
Then young Gracie pickle, her mouth full of cheese, said,
“..and perhaps a small slice of that cake.”

-Gracie’s Daddy
January, 2010


Being a Christian Father?

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Hey all,

I’m working on a new book project and I need your help.

This piece will focus on being a “Christian father.” Basically, I just need your opinions and/or advice on four questions, which I’ll post below. Feel free to answer any or all of the questions, and answers can be as short as 2-3 sentences, or as long as you like.

Favorite Bible verses and personal experiences are welcome, as well.*

If you would prefer not to submit your responses here, you can email them to me at: perry (at) perryperkinsbooks (dot) com.

Here are the questions: (Mom’s feel free to answer as well!)

When I say, “Christian father” what are the most important characteristics that come to your mind?
If you had to define the responsibilities of a Christian father, what would you say?
What is the most difficult aspect (for you or your spouse) of being a Christian father? The greatest reward?
How has your own perceptions/relationship with God changed since you became a father?

Feel free to ask and answer your own additional questions as well.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate it!


Perry P. Perkins

*If you have a personal experience or quote that I want to add directly into the manuscript, I’ll contact you for permission to use your name, or a pseudonym.

God’s Diet Plan

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God’s Diet Plan…

And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach and green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

And Satan created McDonald’s. Anm McDonald’s brought forth the 99-cent double-cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, “You want fries with that?” And Man said, “Super size them.” And Man gained pounds.

And God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her figure that man found so fair.

And Satan froze the yogurt, and he brought forth chocolate, nuts and brightly colored sprinkle candy to put on the yogurt. And man gained pounds.

And God said, “Try my crispy fresh salad.”

And Satan brought forth creamy dressings, bacon bits, and shredded cheese. And there was ice cream for dessert. And man gained pounds.

And God said, “I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them.”

And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak from Cracker Barrel so big it needed its own platter And Man gained pounds, and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.

And God brought forth running shoes, and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.

And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to get up to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2.. And Man gained pounds.

And God said, “You’re running up the score, Devil.” So God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.

And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also. And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol. And Satan saw and said, “It is good.” And Man went into cardiac arrest.

And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery…..

And Satan created HMOs.