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The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady,

who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock,

with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup

perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind,

moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70

years recently passed away, making the move


After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of

the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told

her room was ready. As she maneuvered her

walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description

of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had

been hung on her window. "I love it," she stated with

the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been

presented with a new puppy.

"Mrs.. Jones, you haven't seen the room ... just


"That doesn't have anything to do with it," she

replied. "Happiness is something you decide on

ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not

doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged...

it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to

love it "It's a decision I make every morning

when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the

day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the

parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of

bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day

is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I'll focus on

the new day and all the happy memories I've stored

away . just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account you withdraw from

what you've put in .. So, my advice to you would be

to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account

of memories. Thank you for your part in filling my

Memory bank. I am still depositing. Remember the

five simple rules to be happy:

1 Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.


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Thanks Fred! Best post you've put up in a long time. While I'm still making regular deposits in that "bank" referred to in your story I have already gotten to the point where I make the occasional withdrawl, as well. It is a concept that I am highly aware of.

I just spent 4 days with my dad and it is the best time we have had together in a long time. Mostly just sitting around talking about the past and memories of my mother and our family as I was growing up. His account in that bank is a very rich one and listening to him and being with him was a wonderful trip back for both of us. He is quite happy and content because, as he says, nothing hurts. His appetite is good and he has no restrictions in his diet. His mind is clear and sharp, his sense of humor stays in high gear. He just doesn't move as fast or as sure footed as he used to.

We both laughed till we had tears in our eyes over the holidays.

You younger folks better start making heavy deposits in YOUR memory bank account NOW. There is no way that I could over-state the importance of that account for your senior years. Never miss an opportunity to share experiences with your children while you have them at home with you. Later on you'll be sorry if you do.

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Never miss an opportunity to share experiences with your children while you have them at home with you. Later on you'll be sorry if you do.
Or miss time with your elderly kinfolks.... Ya never know when thier clock of life will stop ticking......

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That's some sound advice, guys. You never know when God is going to call them up for an early morning fishing trip. Lost Mom in my early 20's and Dad in my 40's. Too soon, way too soon. Thank goodness there are lots of good memories, but there could have been so many more.

Fishing and just being in the outdoors does something magical to folks, take your family fishing ... and just talk with (listen to) them.

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