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Senior Moments: Dubble Bubble for double fun

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Friday, October 5, 2018

It was called Dubble Bubble gum.

Gum was in use as early as 200 A.D., when Mayan Indians of Central America chewed gum made of chicle from the sapodilla tree, which later became the main ingredient in modern chewing gum.

“Today you are you; that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you!” The Dr. Seuss quote holds true for any age group, but especially for us seniors.

I’ve decided that I don’t want to grow up any faster, anyway, than my current rate.

Chewing Dubble Bubble is still fun, for sure! Maybe at the Warrenton senior meal site I should put a package of Dubble Bubble at each place and we could chew for six minutes and then those who wish to participate could stand and the others could watch us blow a bubble. Truthfully, I think I could win that prize! See why I don’t want to grow up?

I’ve been sorting and tossing “stuff” and files (probably keeping more than I toss). There’s so much “good stuff.” In defense of keeping too much, I ended up filling two big black garbage bags for the trash bin.

I ran across some amazing stuff, however. No, I’m not a hoarder, but I do enjoy my “piles.” It dawned on me as I celebrated my 86th birthday on Monday that I maybe have too many unfinished projects.

That is good and bad, too. Maybe that’s why the Lord allows me to keep living. Could he be patiently waiting for me to finish all my projects before he calls my name?

Should I make a list of all my unfinished projects? No, it would remind some of you about all you want to do but are putting off.

I once wrote (and got paid for) an article on procrastination. It was probably more authentic, as I’m afraid it describes me too well. One exception is when I have a deadline. I like deadlines!

In one of my “to file” files, I ran across this poem that was used in the memorial service for a dear friend a few years ago. He was a Presbyterian/Methodist pastor in Iowa.

Life Must Go On

Grieve for me, for I would grieve for you.

Then brush away the sorrow and the tears.

Life is not over, but begins anew,

With courage you must greet the coming years.

To live forever in the past is wrong;

Can only cause you misery and pain.

Dwell not on memories overlong,

With others you must share and care again.

Reach out and comfort those who comfort you;

Recall the years, but only for a while.

Nurse not your loneliness; but live again.

Forget not. Remember with a smile.

-- A Navaho Prayer

Maybe that is why I smile so much. I have so many good memories. I’m sure you do, too. I really think that’s the secret -- a positive spirit.

Hey, go chew some Dubble Bubble.

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