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Ray’s Daily

February 7, 2020


Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Theodore Roosevelt


What I really like here in my retirement community is how so many residents go out of their way to help others. Sometimes it is something as little as just asking a neighbor how they are doing, letting them know someone cares. Many folks are always ready to help someone to get up or in any other way they can assist.

As we age, we really benefit from caring for each other. For some among us there is no relative or loved one to let them know they are appreciated. That is when we can fill the gaps by letting them know by our actions that we care. Loneliness can happen at any age, fortunately there are folks who care enough to offer their friendships. And you know what, there is no better way to feel good than by helping someone else.

Here is a short poem to help remind us of what we can do.


How To Be Happy

Author Unknown


Are you almost disgusted with life, little man?

I’ll tell you a wonderful trick

that will bring you contentment, if anything can

Do something for somebody, quick!


Are you awfully tired with play, little girl?

Wearied, discouraged, and sick –

I’ll tell you the loveliest game in the world,

Do something for somebody, quick!


Though it rains like the rain of the flood, little man

and the clouds are forbidding and thick,

You can make the sun shine in your soul, little man

Do something for somebody, quick!


Though the stars are like brass overhead, little girl,

and the walks like a well-heated brick

and our earthly affairs in a terrible whirl,

Do something for somebody, quick!


Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.

Harold Kushner


The kids said that marriage is:

“Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don’t have to give her back to her parents” -Eric, AGE 6
“When somebody’s been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, ‘I’ll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced, but you got to do one particular thing for me.’ Then she says yes, but she’s wondering what the thing is and whether it’s naughty or not. She can’t wait to find out.” -Anita, AGE 9
“You flip a nickel, and heads means you stay with him and tails means you try the next one.” -Kelly, AGE 9
“My mother says to look for a man who is kind. So that’s what I’ll do. I’ll find somebody who’s kinda tall and kinda handsome.” -Carolyn, AGE 8
“Once I’m done with kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife” -Bert, AGE 5
“You should ask the people who read Cosmopolitan” -Kirsten, AGE 10
“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them” -Anita, AGE 9
“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” -Will, AGE 7


The beatings will continue until morale improves.


Some of the ways having a second and third child differs from having your first…

Your Clothes:

1st baby:  You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.

2nd baby:  You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.

3rd baby:  Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.

The Baby’s Name:

1st baby:  You pore over baby-name books and practice pronouncing and writing combinations of all your favorites.

2nd baby:  Someone has to name his or her kid after your great-aunt Mavis, right? It might as well be you.

3rd baby:  You open a name book, close your eyes, and see where your finger points.

Preparing for the Birth:

1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.

2nd baby: You don’t bother practicing because you remember that last time, breathing didn’t do a thing.

3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your 8th month.

The Layette:

1st baby: You pre-wash your newborn’s clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby’s little bureau.

2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.

3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can’t they?

Going Out:

1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home 5 times.

2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.

3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

At Home:

1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.

2nd baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your older child isn’t squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.

3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.


“Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life in which you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.”

Fran Lebowitz


A tourist was admiring the necklace worn by a local Indian.
“What is it made of?” she asked.
“Alligator’s teeth,” the Indian replied.
“I suppose,” she said patronizingly, “that they mean as much to you as pearls do to us.”
“Oh no,” he objected. “Anybody can open an oyster.”


Work: It isn’t just for sleeping anymore.


Boren’s Laws Of The Bureaucracy:  (1) When in doubt, mumble.  (2) When in trouble, delegate.  (3) When in charge, ponder.  – James H. Boren, Founder, President and Chairperson of the Board of the International Association of Professional Bureaucrats [INATAPROBU]


Nurturing is not complex. It’s simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.

Mary Anne Radmacher


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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