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Senior Moments: Watch out for falling nuts

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, January 3, 2019

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” -- Henry Ford

So, here it is a few days after Christmas and almost the end of the year. Christmas. That is the time I suddenly realize that all the things yet to be done could have been done three months ago.

Maybe we so readily write down New Year’s resolutions because we’re so fresh over lamenting what we did not do the year before.

However, do we do better next year?

About a week ago, I was lamenting to a sweet friend what all I still had to get done before Christmas. This is what she told me to think on: Whatever you do do today is more than you did yesterday before you do do what you just did do!

I know, sounds like a lot of do do! (Did I say that?) Oh, well. Forgive me, I am a little happy tired I guess!

As many of you know, I enjoy poetry that was written decades ago. This is one of my favorites: “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in His hand who saith, ‘A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!” -- Robert Browning (written mid-1800s)

We seniors realize more and more every year the truth of Mr. Browning’s writing. As we observe youth of today, either in our own families or circling around us, we like to envision their future years. We may be looking at the president of a large company or even of the United States. Or a future homeless unfortunate. There is a senior group I heard about recently called the JOY group, of Just Older Youth. Mr. Browning would have liked that.

Often, genealogy is a topic for discussion at our senior lunches. Recently, I read a definition of genealogy that described it as tracing yourself back to better people. Another thought in the same article quoted someone as saying, “I trace my family history so I will know whom to blame.”

The one I liked best was “Genealogists never die; they just lose their roots.” Yes, knew you would like that too!

Not to belabor the subject, but recently I ran across several one liners on the genealogy topic: “My family tree is a few branches short! All help appreciated.” Another, “Shake your family tree and watch the nuts fall!”

And with chocolates and other goodies available at this time of the year, I thought you would like this little ditty -- And I have mixed emotions over the following little quip that was shared with me:“My wife is a light eater; as soon as it’s light out, she starts eating.”

Christmas is over and now I can say, “See you next year.”

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