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{SFTH}   *Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da *  By Roger Dean Kiser, Sr. 


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By Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.

"There it is", I softly muttered to myself as I stood motionless, moving
my eyes back and forth in disbelief. After almost fifty years I could
hardly believe that I, Roger Kiser, was actually standing in front of
the gate that lead into that wonderful place called "Disneyland"

After finishing a book signing in Tampa, Florida some friends of my wife
and I asked us if we would like to go see Disney World. Pam had started
working for the Disney Corporation several months previous and she had
several free passes. We entered the gate and began to walk around the grounds. I must say that I was not very impressed with what I saw. "I really thought it would be a lot more colorful than this. Sort of like the Ringling
Brothers Circus, or something like that," I said to Craig.
"This is it," he responded, as he moved his arm from left to right, across the
skyline. I followed his finger until it stopped and pointed at the giant
castle. The same castle that I remember seeing on the little black and
white television when I was a young boy living in the orphanage in
Florida. "Now that is really pretty" I thought to myself.

We walked around for a while then rode on several rides. I did my very
best to act as though I was enjoying myself. But there was just
something about this place that was not very happy to me, and I could
not quite put my finger on it.

Next we headed over to "Frontierland" and decided that the four of us
would tackle the "Splash Mountain" ride. We sat down in the hollowed out
log style boats and began our slow, downstream journey inside the dark

We traveled very slowly from cavern to cavern looking at the various
brightly lit cartoon characters. Between the caverns there was nothing
except total darkness.

Suddenly, off in the distance, I heard the sound of music and the words
"Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-Dee-ay. My, Oh my, what a wonderful day.
Plenty of sunshine headin' my way. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ah."

I tried to fight off a feeling of sadness that was coming over me. All
of a sudden this picture came into my mind. A picture of four lonely
little boys, all sitting in the television room, at the orphanage
watching the Disney program on a Sunday evening, way back in 1952.

I had long forgotten the part of the song that went "My, Oh my, what a
wonderful day. Plenty of sunshine headin' my way." I could see, in my
mind, all us boys looking at one another, as the tune played along, and
the tears in one another's eyes. Not one boy said a single word. We just
sat there in our own little individual spaces and we were crying our
little eyes out. I wiped the tears out of my eyes, before we hit the light, so that my
wife and friends would not see the little boy inside of me crying.

When we exited the mountain we slid down a long chute which splashed
cold water all over my wife as we hit the bottom of the little river. I
smiled, and then I laughed real loud just like a happy little boy would
do, and I enjoyed the remainder of the day at Disneyland (World).

It was totally dark when we finally walked out of the gates of
Disneyland later that evening. I looked over at my wife, my two special
friends and I thought about my children and grandchildren and I
instantly knew "My, Oh my, what a wonderful day. Plenty of sunshine
headin' my way."

Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.

Send Roger an email and let him know what you thought of this story!

Roger Dean Kiser, Sr. and his wife Judy have been married for five years
and live in Brunswick, Georgia. They have four cocker spaniels (Lady,
Prozac, Precious and Little Bit), a large chow named Cody, as well
as Roger's aquarium with fifteen tiger barbs. Roger loves to fish
(catch and release) on his small fishing boat but rarely went out
the last year or so as he spent most of his time working on his book
"ORPHAN", which hit bookstores in December, as well as working on
child abuse issues, about ten to fifteen hours a day.

You can purchase Roger's book, "ORPHAN"
in major book stores or order from at:

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Important Note From Michael!

Let's help get Roger Dean Kiser, Sr. on the Oprah Winfrey show!!

The first time I read one of Roger's stories I knew he was destined to make a
difference in the lives of many, many people.  I remember telling my wife Kristi
that we would be watching Roger on Oprah someday.  Well, that could be a reality
now!  I know that Roger's publisher is talking with Oprah's people right now, and I
wanted to share the following link with all of you.  I am asking that you take the
time to visit it, recommend the book to Oprah, and then give her your opinion on how Roger's stories have affected you.

Visit here:

May God use Roger as he fights against child abuse!
Thank you!!
Michael Powers
From: (Linda Morrow)

I sent you a prayer request for Theresa, a coworker hit by a truck 2 weeks
ago. She is still in critical condition and Thursday night, they had to remove
her right leg above the knee.  Please keep her in your prayers.
Linda Morrow

update on Tiffany.............
Tiffany (the baby girl born the day after Zac -- she was one on Feb. 1, 2001) had her transplant on Friday, February 23rd. Mark and I went to Madison to be with Tiffany's mom, Tina and Tiffany's Grandma Eleanor. We have been asked to be Tiffany's Grandma and Grandpa by heart! They took Tiff at 9:30 PM The surgery lasted all night......a nurse came in at 4:30 am to let us know they were closing Tiff up and that things looked really good! We were able to go in and see her at about 8:30 am. They transplanted more than they had expected. She had a liver / intestine / stomach / pancreas transplant. Praise God her kidneys are working and things are looking good at this critical point in time! Please pray for her recovery!!!
Thanks, Donna

Thought For The Day:

"God never asks about our ability or our inability -- just our availability."

Verse for the Day:

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send and who will go for us?
Then said I, "Here am I; send me." --
 Isaiah 6:8


Kid's Thought For The Day:

"If Mommy's hands are full, I must be carried. If Mommy is in a hurry and wants
to carry me, I must walk alone."

Parent's Thought For The Day:

"Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what
you shouldn't have said."

Coach's Thought For The Day:

"If you lose self-control everything will fall. You cannot function physically or
mentally or in any other way unless your emotions are under control."
--John Wooden

Deep Thought For The Day:

"Timing has an awful lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance."

\_\  /  
/_/  \    "For I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but
\_\/\ \   Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body I live for the Son
   \_\/   of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20 

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