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Talking It Over -- What we learn as we grow old

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The older we get the more we learn. People younger than us may disagree with this statement but as they age they will also recognize the truth within.

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I have learned many things over the years and try to pass along some of that knowledge at any opportunity I get.

There are published lists of some of the things a person just might learn at certain ages, and I'll share some of them with you.

What we learn as we grow older

At age 5 I learned that it is not always smart to go to bed with gum in your mouth. It could mean a major haircut the next day.

At age 7 I learned that you can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.

At age 9 I learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.

At age 13 I learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up.

At age 15 I learned that even though it is hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me.

At age 20 I learned that marriage, family and jobs are more work than they appeared.

At age 25 I learned that wherever I go, the worlds worst drivers have followed me there.

At age 30 I learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures.

At age 35 I learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.

At age 40 I learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.

At age 45 I learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a little card.

At age 48 I learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.

At age 50 I learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours.

At age 51 I learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.

At age 53 I learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.

At age 55 I learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.

and I have heard that there is more to learn...

At age 60 I've heard that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

At age 65 I've heard that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

At age 70 I've heard that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

At age 75 I know that everyone can use a prayer.

At age 80 we will all learn to believe in miracles.

At age 85 I hope we will learn that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

And at age 90 I know that I will still have a lot to learn.

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