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Senior Moments: Time to clear out the cobwebs

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, October 3, 2019

I ran across some interesting statistics from 1936.

It’s especially interesting to me because I turned 4 that year and actually remember things that happened then.

Would you believe our life expectancy at that time was 59.7 years? Now some of us (like me) have “kids” that age! Those of us growing up during that time had Franklin Roosevelt as our “forever” president.

Some 1936 prices that were quoted: Average annual income, $1,713; new car, $780; new house, $3,925; loaf of bread, 8 cents; gallon of gas, 10 cents; gallon of milk, 48 cents; gold per ounce, $20.67; silver per ounce, 38 cents; Dow Jones Industrial Average, 62.

I was surprised milk was so much more expensive than gas. And knowing the price of gold today makes us wish we held on to a little more, doesn’t it?

Anyway, I thought you would enjoy those stats. Here’s a good quotation to make us think: “The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life, which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I had a neat experience recently. Many of us like to walk for exercise in the big-box stores, especially when the weather is bad. One day, I saw a lady I thought looked like a person I used to know. Do I dodge her? Or, should I take a chance, walk over and say hello?

I ended up talking to her and learned she wasn’t who I thought she was. Long story short, we introduced ourselves on the spot and ended up talking for 10 to 15 minutes. When we parted, she said how good it was to have someone take time to talk to her.

I think maybe I lifted her spirits that day. I know she lifted mine! Sometimes we dodge our blessings. Many of us like to do major cleaning at the change of seasons. We used to do that only in the spring. However, many of us now do a fall cleaning.

So how did all this begin? I suspect spring cleaning was necessary to wash the soot from the walls and furniture when we had coal furnaces. Fall cleaning became necessary because we spent so much time outside gardening and playing in the good weather that we did surface cleaning only. January could be a good time to do a major cleaning.

Another thought: After the first of the year we often become aware of clutter and have a bit of a depression when all the excitement and family leave after the holidays.

Nothing like clearing out clutter to give us happy feelings! And, as to money, here is the bottom line from Will Rogers: “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.”


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