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And Then It Is Winter

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I first started reading this & was reading fast until I reached the third sentence. I stopped and started over reading slower and slower and thinking about every word. This is very thought provoking. Makes you stop and think. Read slowly!

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And Then It Is Winter

You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is – the ‘Back Nine’ of my life and it catches me by surprise. How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember vividly seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that ‘I was only on the first hole’ and the ‘Back Nine’ was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is . . . my friends are retired and getting grey. They move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me, but, I see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant . . . but like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d become. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore . . . it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did ! But, at least I know, that though I’m on the ‘Back Nine’, and I’m not sure how long it will last, this I know for sure, that when it’s over on this earth . . . it’s over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done . . . things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not on the ‘Back Nine’ yet . . . let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the ‘Back Nine’ or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life . . . so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember, and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

“Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

LIVE IT WELL!
ENJOY TODAY!
DO SOMETHING FUN!
BE HAPPY!
HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Remember, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”

LIVE HAPPY IN 2013

LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

~ Your kids are becoming you . . . but your grandchildren are perfect
~ Going out is good . . . Coming home is better!
~ You forget names . . . But it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you!
~ You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything . . . especially golf
~ The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore!
~ You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep”.
~ You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch..
~ You tend to use more 4 letter words . . . “what?” . . . “when?”. . . ???
~ Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.
~ You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless!”
~ What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~ Everybody whispers.
~ You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet . . . 2 of which you will never wear.

~~~ But Old is good in some things
~~~ Old Songs, Old Movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS

It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, yet the youngest you’ll ever be, so enjoy this day while it lasts!

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Life of a Greek Child

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1. You have at least one relative who wore a black dress every day for an entire year after a funeral…or their entire life!

2. You spent your entire childhood thinking what you ate for lunch was pronounced “sangwich or samich.”

3. Your family dog understood Greek. (mine actually does)

4. Every Sunday afternoon of your childhood was spent visiting your Yia Yia and Papou (grandparents) and extended family.

5. You’ve experienced the phenomena of 150 people fitting into 50 square feet of yard during a family cookout. (Easter and Names Days)

6. You were surprised to discover the FDA recommends you eat three meals a day, not seven.

7. You thought killing the lamb each year and having feta, tsatsiki and olives on your dinner table was absolutely normal.

8. You grew up thinking no fruit or vegetable had a fixed price and that the price of everything was negotiable through haggling.

9. You were as tall as your grandmother by the age of seven.

10. You thought everyone’s last name ended in “is” or “ous”

11. You thought nylons were supposed to be worn rolled to the ankles.

12. Your mom’s main hobby is cleaning.

13. You were surprised to find out that wine was actually sold in stores.

14. You never knew what to expect when you opened the margarine, after all you thought washing out and reusing margarine containers was normal.

15. You thought Greek Orthodox was the only religion in the world.

16. You thought every meal had to be eaten with a hunk of bread in your left hand.

17. Your grandmother never threw anything away, you thought seeing washed plastic bags hanging on the clothes line was normal.

18. You learned to play backgammon before you went to school.

19. You have at least one relative who came over on the boat.

20. You have at least six male relatives named Nick, John, Peter or Kosta.

21. You have relatives who aren’t really your relatives.

22. You drank wine before you were a teenager.

23. You grew up in a house with a yard that didn’t have one patch of dirt that didn’t have a flower or a vegetable growing out of it.

24. You thought that talking loud was normal. We ALL still do!

25. You thought everyone got pinched on the cheeks and money stuffed in their pockets by their relatives. (And we loved the money part but hated the cheek part, boy that hurt)

26. Your mother is overly protective of the males in the family no matter what their age.

27. There was an icon in every room of the house, including the bathroom.

Thanks to Kyriaki – who is natural-born Greek!!