December 5, 2022
“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”
My wife and me have been married for 69 years. I could not think of anyone better, she has been a great wife and a wonderfull mother. These days her memory is not what it was and she is pretty frail but while we are separated by our living quarters (she is in a special care unit) we still see each other most days.
When I read the following I realized it is something my wife could have written
You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.
It seems just yesterday that I was a young girl, just married and embarking on my new life with my husband. And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all.
And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams, but, here it is…the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise.
How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my babies go and where did my youth go? I remember well, seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
But, here it is, husband retired and he’s really getting gray, he moves slower and I see an older man now. He’s in much better shape than me, but, I see the great change. Not the one I married who was dark and young and strong, but, like me, his age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be.
Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore, it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit! And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things.
But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last. This I know, that when it’s over, I will enjoy the spring into the arms of my loving father and wait for my loved ones to come when their winter is over too.
So, if you’re not in your winter yet, let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!
“As we grow older, we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping our minds active and open.”
You can’t fool all the people all the time, but the airplane schedules come pretty close.
More wisdom from the kids:
IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
“It’s better for girls to be single, but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them.” (Lynette, 9)
“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” (Kenny, 7)
CONCERNING WHY LOVE HAPPENS BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE:
“No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That’s why perfume and deodorant are so popular.” (Jan, 9)
“I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful.” (Harlen, 8)
ON WHAT FALLING IN LOVE IS LIKE:
“Like an avalanche where you have to run for your life.” (Roger, 9)
“If falling in love is anything like learning to spell, I don’t want to do it. It takes too long to learn.” (Leo, 7)
Occasionally, airline attendants make an effort to make the “in-flight safety lecture” a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:
• “As we prepare for takeoff, please make sure your tray tables and seat backs are fully upright in their most uncomfortable position.”
• “There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane…”
• “Your seat cushions can be used for floatation, and in the event of an emergency water landing, please take them with our compliments.”
• “We do feature a smoking section on this flight; if you must smoke, contact a member of the flight crew and we will escort you to the wing of the airplane.
• Smoking in the lavatories is prohibited. Any person caught smoking in the lavatories will be asked to leave the plane immediately.
• Good morning. As we leave Dallas, it’s warm, the sun is shining, and the birds are singing. We are going to Charlotte, where it’s dark, windy and raining. Why in the world y’all wanna go there I really don’t know.”
• Pilot – “Folks, we have reached our cruising altitude now, so I am going to switch the seat belt sign off. Feel free to move about as you wish, but please stay inside the plane till we land… it’s a bit cold outside, and if you walk on the wings it affects the flight pattern.”
• And, after landing: “Thank you for flying Delta Business Express. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride.”
• As we waited just off the runway for another airliner to cross in front of us, some of the passengers were beginning to retrieve luggage from the overhead bins. The head steward announced on the intercom, “This aircraft is equipped with a video surveillance system that monitors the cabin during taxiing. Any passengers not remaining in their seats until the aircraft comes to a full and complete stop at the gate will be strip-searched as they leave the aircraft.
• As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Washington National, a lone voice comes over the loudspeaker: “Whoa, big fella…WHOA..!
• “Here are a few heard from Northwest: “Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the bag over your own mouth and nose before assisting children or adults acting like children.
• As you exit the plane, please make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.
• “And from the pilot during his welcome message: “We are pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry… Unfortunately none of them are on this flight. “
Appearances can be deceiving – a dollar bill looks the same as it did twenty-five years ago.
An eight – year old was discussing parent problems with his little friend. Of course, they had a lot of complaints. One was overheard grumbling, “first they teach you to talk, then they teach you to walk, and as soon as you do it, it’s ‘Sit down and shut up!”
As I was on the way home from a long and stressful day at the office, the car phone rang. It was my wife.
“Will you be joining me in the whirlpool bath tonight?” she asked.
“What a lovely way to spend an evening,” I thought. I was about to tell her how considerate she was when she continued, “Because if you’re not, I need to start adding more water to the tub.”
How come we choose from just two people for president and 50 for Miss America?
Tanchum, the water carrier, was returning home one evening when a stranger rushed up to him and slapped his face.
“Take that, Meyer!” yelled the attacker.
Tanchum picked himself up from the street and stared at the man in amazement. Suddenly, a broad grin spread over his face, and then he laughed uproariously..
“Meyer, what are you laughing at?” exclaimed the other. “I just knocked you down.”
“The joke is on you,” chortled Tanchum. “I’m not Meyer!”
Emerging from the chiropractor’s treatment room, a young man said aloud in the crowded waiting room, “I feel like a new man!”
“I do, too,” a middle-aged woman responded, “but I’ll probably go home with the same old one.”
“When I want to end relationships I just say, ‘I want to marry you so we can live together forever.’ Sometimes they leave skid marks.”
“He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.”
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