鈥業 went out of the drawing-room window before sunrise to-day, to gather flowers to make into wreaths. The gardener had not opened the greenhouse; but I found much more than I should have expected in the beginning of December,鈥攅ven rosebuds. The ferns look lovely still. A few days ago I made a wreath of myrtle. I thought it like an emblem of my own sweet sister; sweetest when bruised; with an unfading leaf; and a white, simple-looking, yet lovely blossom. TO MISS 鈥楲EILA鈥?HAMILTON. 北京赛车包赢 TO MISS 鈥楲EILA鈥?HAMILTON. To walk and muse, describe its Sweets in Rhime; "Because there was a Ben Franklin store in Rogers, run by somebody else, we really stirred up ahornet's nest when we opened that first store. I vividly remember opening day. Along with the crowds ofshoppers, a group of 'officials' from Ben Franklin in Chicagoall dressed in pin-striped suitsshowed up. But I never seriously considered retail in those days. In fact, I was sure I was going to be an insurancesalesman. I had a high school girlfriend whose father was a very successful salesman for GeneralAmerican Life Insurance Company, and I had talked to him about his business. It appeared to me that hewas making all the money in the world. Insurance seemed like a natural for me because I thought I couldsell. I had always sold things. As a little kid I soldLibertymagazines for a nickel, and then switched toWoman's Home Companion when it came along for a dime, figuring I could make twice as muchmoney. The girl and I broke up, but I still had big plans. I figured I would get my degree and go on to theWharton School of Finance inPennsylvania. But as college wound down, I realized that even if I kept upthe same kind of work routine I'd had all through college, I still wouldn't have the money to go toWharton. So I decided to cash in what chips I already had, and I visited with two company recruiterswho had come to theMissouricampus. Both of them made me job offers. I accepted the one from JCPenney; I turned down the one from Sears Roebuck. Now I realize the simple truth: I got into retailingbecause I was tired and I wanted a real job. They really outdid themselves, and I think they may even have startled President and Mrs. Bushnot tomention the White House press corpsby giving one of the most enthusiastic Wal-Mart cheers we'veheard around here in some time. Dad's pleasure was evident, and he called it "the highlight of our entirecareer." Of course, he shared all the credit with his associates. But it was a poignant day. He had to berolled onto the stage in a wheelchair, and I think most of the associates sensed that it would be their lastget-together with him. The room was full of pride that daybut also lots of memories, and many tears. Communicate, Communicate, CommunicateIf you had to boil down the Wal-Mart system to one single idea, it would probably be communication,because it is one of the real keys to our success. We do it in so many ways, from the Saturday morningmeeting to the very simple phone call, to our satellite system. The necessity for good communication in abig company like this is so vital it can't be overstated. What good is figuring out a better way to sell beachtowels if you aren't going to tell everybody in your company about it If the folks in St. Augustine,Florida, don't get the word on what's working over in Panama City until winter, they've missed a bigopportunity. And if our buyers back in Bentonville don't know we're expecting to double our sales ofbeach towels this summer, the stores won't have anything to sell. 鈥楾oo large?鈥?replied the corporal, contemptuously. 鈥榃ait till you鈥檙e at the extension motions, or at club drill, and you鈥檒l wish they were more than twice as big.鈥? TO MISS 鈥楲EILA鈥?HAMILTON. One aspect of this whole philanthropy issue that has annoyed me considerably over the years is thecriticism by some of our detractors that Wal-Mart doesn't do its fair share of giving to charities. Thecriticism seems to come from folks who say we don't meet the standard guidelines for corporations,guidelines which are set, I guess, by the people who run the charity business.