I HAVE LEARNED – Part 3

I HAVE LEARNED:

  • When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair. Bailey, Age 10.
  • If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second person. Alex, Age 12.
  • Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato. Samantha, Age 9.
  • You can’t trust dogs to watch your food. Evan, Age 9.
  • Reading what people write on desks can teach you a lot. Tammy, Age 11.
  • Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair. Larry, Age 13.
  • Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a tic tac. Jim, Age 13.
  • Never hold a dustbuster and a cat at the same time. Stephen, Age 12.
  • School lunches stick to the wall. Jonathan, Age 14.
  • Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts. Heather, Age 16..
  • The best place to be when you are sad is in Grandma’s lap. Laura, Age 8.
  • That love isn’t earned, but a gift from the heart of someone special. that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. Vivian, Age 39.
  • That the road to success and the road to happiness are two lanes of the same highway. And the toll you must pay is simply being true to yourself. Age 40.
  • That you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a little card. Age 44.
  • That children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 46.
  • That the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his need to cast blame on others. Age 46.
  • That singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours. Age 49.
  • That motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. Age 50.
  • That you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 52.
  • That regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 53.
  • That making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58.
  • That if you want to do something positive for your children, try to improve your marriage. Age 61.
  • That life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 62.
  • That you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. Age 64.
  • 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. Age 65.
  • That everyone can use a prayer. Age 72.
  • That it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell the truth, I’ve seen several. Age 73.
  • That even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. Age 82.
  • 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. Age 85.
  • That I still have a lot to learn. Age 92.
  • That no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. Age 48.
  • That keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. Age 52.
  • That whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. Age 66.
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