I HAVE LEARNED Read all the way down. They get better with age ... I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night". . . Age 6 I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either. . . Age 7 I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. . . Age 9 I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again. . . Age 12 I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. . . Age 14 I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me. . . Age 15 I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. . . Age 24 I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures. . . Age 26 I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there. . . Age 29 I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. . . Age 39 I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it. . . Age 42 I've learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a little note. . . Age 44 I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. . . Age 46 I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. . . Age 47 I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. . . Age 48 I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours. . . Age 49 I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. . . Age 50 I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. . . Age 52 I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. . . Age 52 I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. . . Age 53 I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. . . Age 58 I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage. . . Age 61 I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. . Age 62 I've learned 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 I've learned 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 I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. . . Age 66 I've learned that everyone can use a prayer. . . Age 72 I've learned that it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell the truth, I've seen several. . . Age 75 I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. . . Age 82 I've learned 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 I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. . . Age 92
DID MOM TEACH YOU . . . A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and he handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his Mom dried her hands on an apron she read it, and this is what it said: For cutting the grass: $5.00 For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00 For going to the store for you: .50 Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: .25 Taking out the garbage: $1.00 For getting a good report card: $5.00 For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00 --------- Total owed: $14.75 Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he'd written on, and this is what she wrote: For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me: No Charge. For all the nights that I've sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you: No Charge. For all the trying times, and all the tears that you've caused through the years: No Charge. For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead: No Charge. For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose: No Charge. ------------ When you add it up, the cost of my love is: No Charge. When the boy finished reading what his Mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight up at his mother and said, "Mom, I sure do love you." And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote: "PAID IN FULL ". Have a great day and don't forget to smile. "No Charge"
This page is dated April 2000