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Sept 22, 2020

The passing of one’s surviving parent leaves an emptiness in one’s heart that can never be filled. Does it really mean we become orphans at this point in our lives?

No matter the time we have to prepare, no matter how long we know a parent’s departure from this Earth is imminent, it is never enough.

No matter their age, it it not enough years. As their life gets closer to the end, we want oh so much to have them here forever, but years have taken their toll – the aches and pain we are so helpless to drive away. How we would love to see them just one more time, working in the garden, laughing and enjoying those things of yester year so long ago.

Today’s column from this writer’s archives was written by CBS’s Andy Rooney in the later years of his life.

Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain . . .

I’ve learned that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned that when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned that money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I’ve learned that when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned that just one person saying to me, “You’ve made by day!” makes my day.

I’ve learned that one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them. (I am working on perfecting this one.)

I’ve learned that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned that you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned that I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned that no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned that simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned that we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned that it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I’ve learned that under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I’ve learned that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned that when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned that love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I’ve learned that no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I’ve learned that life is tough, but I’m tougher.

I’ve learned that opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I’ve learned that I wish I could have told my Mom that I loved her one more time before she passed away.

I’ve learned that when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist that you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

I’ve learned that the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

I’ve learned that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

 

This writer adds, what I wouldn't give to tell my dear Mom how much I loved her, just one more time, to hear her call my name, just one more time.

The reader's comments or questions are always welcome. E-mail me doris@dorisbeaver.com. The mission of Seeing the Round Corners is to evoke a thought process and interest in becoming better informed and to be skeptical of the headline-grabbing purveyors of information. The writer is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.