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Opinion

May 1, 2013

Ah, to be remembered

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I dare say that today’s citizens have a bountiful list of careers behind them. In my day you stayed at one job because, as a child of the Depression, there was little opportunity to try something else. You had a job and stayed at it whether good or bad. I stayed in chemical sales until retirement because I enjoyed the work, was provided a pension, and was promoted on a satisfactory schedule. But, if I were to admit to a regret, it’s that I didn’t pursue a journalism career. My best course in college was Expository Writing; however, chemistry and biology intrigued me more. At age 43, I started writing as a hobby and after 40 years I’ve written for three newspapers, authored a book and have over 800 articles in print in a variety of magazines. It’s never too late to start a new career. Did you ever make a decision that changed the direction of your life?

As far as marriage is concerned, the advice we received from a pastor in Chicago prior to our marriage has held us in good stead for over 56 years: “Marriage isn’t 50:50, it’s 100:100.” I believe that too many marriages break up over “things” that are unimportant. It is one of the biggest steps you will ever take in your life, so both involved in the union have to be in agreement over just about everything. What advice would you offer?

Parenting is the “toughest” of all responsibilities; there is no close second. Once a parent, always a parent. What advice would you give on raising a family?

Aging can be a “ball” if you let it! Fortunately, my health is good so that I can give support where it is needed either at home, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, driving patients for therapy or walking our daughter’s dog daily. A lot of happiness comes with aging well and enjoying each day. What is your story on the age you are at presently? Has it brought the satisfaction you expected?

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