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GROWING OLD

Inspirational things to think about . . .

Sitting here today with it raining, forecast to rain for three more days, I was wondering if spring would ever arrive. At 84, and arthritis getting worse my thoughts were focused on how much longer I would enjoy not having to depend on others to just live another day. When the weather allows I now can only play golf on a great small par three course close to my home. My right knee hurts every step I take but I know that exercise is necessary to live that other day. Thankfully my intellect usually overrides my laziness and having lived longer than any male in the history of my family I am in no hurry to depart.

Bored to the bone I decided to read my E mails to pass the time of day. Fortunately I read a message from Mike & Emma Cobb that quickly refocused my priorities. I decided you might also have bad days and may help you if you read the rest of this article.

I intend to save this on my desktop so I can read it every time I need to inspire myself in the future. I have no idea who compiled this information but I decided to share this on my blog. My thanks to the Cobb’s who are old dear friends.

C Brewer

Real life stories that teach you many things in life. Excellent reading these are based on true incidences both wonderful and inspirational. ANON

“Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”

“Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70s – what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”

“Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug.  When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said”, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”

“Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.”

“Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work.  At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.  A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.”

“Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.” This one hit me hard. CB

“Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy. Ouch! CB

“Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.  I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.”  I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?”  Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.”

“Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.”

“Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”

“Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, “Thinking of you today.  If you need me, I’m a phone call away.”  It was from a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.”

Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating”. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it”.

“The best sermons are lived, not preached.”  ANON

Today I decided to make sure I did not annoy my wife, Norma, who usually suffers when I can’t play golf. I just cooked her favorite meal of scrambled eggs, sausage, hot biscuits with home grown dark honey from Clem Manuel, another dear friend. As it is supposed to rain all night and again tomorrow I will have this to cheer me up again.

C Brewer

NOSTALGIA-HAVE WE IMPROVED HAPPINESS?

My wonderful friend Connie E sent me this message that brought back some real memories. I was born in 1930 and I have adjusted some of the measurements to reflect actual comparisons to my life experiences. I have no idea who compiled this but they had to have been near my age. Thanks Connie. C Brewer  

‘Someone asked the other day, ‘What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?’

‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I informed them. 

‘All the food was slow.’

‘C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’

‘It was a place called ‘at home,” I explained!

‘Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’ I was reminded that children in China were starving so be happy to eat your greens and liver.

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:

My Dad never owned a home in his 83 years. He never wore a pair of blue jeans, never went fishing, never played golf and a Mexican border town was his only venture in another country. My mother got her first pair on Levis at 85 when she moved to east Texas.

Folks back them did not have credit cards. You had Sears Roebuck, other large retailers and gasoline credit cards that were only good at that specific business. I was nearly 30 before I ever got a “credit card”.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). When I was 12 and wanted a new bike my dad co-signed a note at the bicycle shop for $52 that I paid $1 a week for a year.

My family never had a television and I was married, a father and 19 before I bought a 12” TV on credit.  

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and weather, featuring local people. For the first few months it on only three hours a day and three days a week.

I was 25 and in New York before I tasted my first pizza, it was called ‘pizza pie.’ It was not in Texas yet.

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line. When I bought our house here in east Texas in 1983 we got the first push button phone in Sabine County. We still have very limited cell service and had none until some 12 years ago.

When I was a boy the only thing delivered to the house was ice and milk and in urban areas only mail was delivered. Mail delivery is not available to our house even today. We drive 7.5 miles to our P.O. Box.

When I was a boy all newspapers were delivered by boys and because my Dad was the dealer my brother and I delivered newspapers. When I was nine I wanted to have a paper route and I arose at 5am to make deliveries seven days a week. My mother stopped this, but at 12 it was mandatory and until I was 15 it was morning and afternoon and you collected on Saturday. My pay was $3 a week.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren.

Someone recently brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, do you know what this was? I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to ‘sprinkle’ clothes with because we didn’t have steam irons. Today most homes don’t even have ironing boards Man, I am old.

How many of the following do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.

Ignition switches on the dashboard.

Heaters mounted on the inside of the car fire wall.

Real ice boxes.

Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.

Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.

Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Rubber guns.

No Robo calls 20 times a day

Try This Older Than Dirt Quiz:

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about. Ratings at the bottom.

  1. Blackjack chewing gum
  2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
  3. Candy cigarettes
  4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
  5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside jukeboxes
  6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
  7. Party lines on the telephone
  8. 8 Newsreels before the movie
  9. P.F. Flyers
  10. Butch wax
  11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (There were only 3 channels… [If you were fortunate])
  12. Peashooters
  13. Howdy Dowdy
  14. 45 RPM records
  15. S&H green stamps
  16. Hi-fi’s
  17. Metal ice trays with lever
  18. Mimeograph paper
  19. Blue flashbulb
  20. Packard’s
  21. Roller skate keys
  22. Telephone operators
  23. Drive-ins
  24. Studebakers
  25. Wash Tub Wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = you’re still young

If you remembered 6-10 = you are getting older

If you remembered 11-15 = don’t tell your age,

If you remembered 16-25 = you’re older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but “memories” are some of the best parts of my life and one of the few things that are tax free. I doubt that my kids, grandkids or great grandkids would agree or even believe these some of these things actually happened to me or in my lifetime. I doubt that more than 2 or 3 of the 44 of them will actually read this because it did not automatically appear on their i phones/pads.

Don’t forget to pass this along! Especially to all of you’re really OLD friends. 

C Brewer

NEW YEARS OLD AGE POEM!

Another year has passed and we’re all a little older.

Last summer felt hotter and winter seems much colder.

There was a time not long ago when life was quite a blast.

Now I fully understand about ‘Living in the Past’.

We used to go to weddings, Football games and lunches.

Now we go to funeral homes and after-funeral brunches.

We used to have headaches from parties that were gay.

Now we suffer body aches and suffer the night away.

We used to go out dining and couldn’t get our fill.

Now we ask for doggie bags, come home and take a pill.

We used to often travel to places near and far.

Now we get sore rears from riding in the car.

We used to go to nightclubs and drink a little booze.

Now we stay home at night and watch the evening news.

That, my friend is how life is, and now my tale is told.

So, enjoy each day and live it up…before you end up too old!

Thanks Wally………HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS..CB 

TRUE LOVE!

A story my friend Allan Moore shared that will get older people like me to appreciate. It should get the attention of everyone. I hope you share this with your friends, I just did. CB

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.

The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.

He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s disease.

As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him, you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?’

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, she doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought,

That is the kind of love I want in my life. True love is neither physical, nor romantic.

True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

I wish I knew who wrote this to give them credit they so richly deserve.

Sometimes there is a message like this one that my old friend Allan Moore sent me that has an important message.

The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

‘Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.’ We are all getting Older and Tomorrow may be our turn.

ANON

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES!

READ THIS SLOWLY…DON’T KNOW WHO WROTE IT, BUT GUESSING IT WAS A SENIOR!!!

I FIRST STARTED READING THIS AND WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. THIS MESSAGE IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING. MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK. READ SLOWLY!  

AND THEN IT IS WINTER

You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. 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 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…my friends are retired and getting grey…they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change…Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their 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 that I wish I had done but never did!!  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 on this earth…it’s over. A new adventure will begin!  

 Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.

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! Don’t put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

“Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

LIVE IT WELL!  

ENJOY TODAY!  

DO SOMETHING FUN!  

BE HAPPY!  

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Thanks Wally 

OLD AGE REALITY

 

Two medical students were walking along the street when they saw an old man walking with his legs spread apart. He was stiff-legged and walking slowly. One student said to his friend: “I’m sure that poor old man has Peltry Syndrome. Those people walk just like that.” The other student says:  “No, I don’t think so. The old man surely has Zovitzki Syndrome. He walks slowly and his legs are apart, just as we learned in class.”

Since they couldn’t agree they decided to ask the old man. They approached him and one of the students said to him,

“We’re medical students and couldn’t help but notice the way you walk, but we couldn’t agree on the syndrome you might have. Could you tell us what it is?”

The old man said, “I’ll tell you, but first you tell me what you two fine medical students think.”

The first student said, “I think it’s Peltry Syndrome.”

The old man said, “You thought – but you are wrong.”

The other student said, “I think you have Zovitzki Syndrome.”

The old man said, “You thought – but you are wrong.”

So they asked him, “Well, old timer, what do you have?”

The old man said, “I thought it was GAS – but I was wrong, too!”

Thanks Robert

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