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Lessons learned and things remembered

February 13, 2014
Joyce Schenk , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Recently, while clearing out some old files, I came across a priceless dog-eared folder.

It held a treasure-trove of clippings, notes and observances gathered over many years. The accumulated wisdom of these long-forgotten items had me nodding and laughing in agreement.

One of the first notes hit close to home, since I've recently joined Weight Watchers in an effort to shed some unwanted extra pounds.

I'm finding at this point in my life, losing weight is far harder than it was in my earlier years. And, after reading one of the entries in my file of observances, I understand why my struggle is greater than in the past.

The note read "the older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends."

Since you and I are so often on the same page in this book of life, I'm sharing some of the other notes I came across to brighten your day.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty(40) are XL?

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

When you put the two words "the" and "IRS" together, it spells "theirs."

On aging: Eventually, you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of Algebra.

Among the perks of being over 60: No one expects you to run anywhere. There is nothing left to learn the hard way. You can eat dinner at 4 p.m. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the National Weather Service.

If you're over 60, you remember a time when no one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked.

Some of your other memories, if you're in the over 60 crowd: Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers, newsreels before the movie, Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles, telephone numbers with a word prefix Pershing 7-1066, metal ice cube trays with levers, roller skate keys, Studebakers, the Fuller Brush Man, Lincoln Logs, party lines, hula hoops, Howdy Doody, S&H Green Stamps.

Now that we've moseyed together down memory lane, I have to admit, although I think being young is beautiful, being old is comfortable. And, at this point, I find comfort beats beauty every time.



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