This is the advice given by a 93 year old woman when asked what she would do differently if she had her life to live over again.

“If I had my life to live over, I would dare to make more mistakes next time. I would relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I’ve been this time. I would take fewer things seriously, and I would take more chances. I’d take more trips; I’d climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream, and fewer beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones. “You see, I am one of those people who lived sensibly and sanely, hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, but if I had it to do over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else -just moments – one after another instead of living so many years ahead.“I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute. If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring, and I would stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.” — Nadine Stair



28 responses to

  1. This reminds me of that song, “I Hope You Dance” or at least I think it’s called that. Anyway…good advice!

    I think Steve and our 3 boys keep me from getting too serious. Course someone HAS to keep their head around here…at least sometimes! And that’s usually me with my cautious mom tendencies.

  2. Glad I ran through the sprinkler the other night… :)

  3. Marilyn alias(Punkie) August 20, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    I hope Gil reads this. I want to be this way and sometimes I have been. I do tend to be to cautious.

  4. I think, as with all things, it’s a matter of balance. Hard work, planning and preparedness are very important aspects of life, as well.

    I’m always interested in what elderly people have to share.

    Karen, perspective is everything sometimes! You got soaked and Coleen didn’t even look wet. I think that shows we need to take a look at things from each other’s point of view.

  5. Marilyn alias(Punkie) August 21, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I’m glad you don’t mind hearing what ELDERLY people have to say. I say “lighten up and enjoy the ride.” I think our family tries to do that.

  6. You’re not elderly!!!!!!! Now that’s silly!! hehe! I was talking about the 93 year old! I hope you didn’t think I was calling you elderly!!!

    How about this: “I like hearing what wiser, more mature people have to say about life.”

  7. Marilyn alias(Punkie) August 21, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    No, I wasn’t taking offence at what you said and I didn’t think you were talking about me. But I am getting into that elderly dept. I’m glad we girls of all ages can enjoy getting together and having so much fun. Me and my elderly neighbor ( she’s my mom’s age) are going to a Southern Gospel concert Fri. night. That is a little out of my comfort zone, going out at night with-out Gil, but I just can’t pass up going to this when it is fairly close to home in a town near us.

  8. How many times can I say “Amen” before you send the collection plate around? That was great.

  9. I took her advice and ate ice cream last night….and I got nauseous! Of course, just being in my 4th month of pregnancy, I guess I’m not quite in the same place in life as that 93 year old lady! hee hee

    Maybe I better stick with walking in the grass barefoot and picking more daisies for now! AND I would GLADLY dance in the rain if we’d get some! I did last year when the drought broke–I cranked some Chris Tomlin and danced in our front yard with the boys!

  10. Jules:
    Grandma Tootsie needs to read that. She has had it rough with the past two husbands but life is too short to be afraid.
    Look at me. I took a chance and look what I ended up with. Hee heee hee (Larry)
    She needs to have surgery and then recoup and then enjoy life again.
    We all tend to feel better getting wet in a sprinkler once in a while.
    I need to do like Karen and get wet once in a while myself and do things a little different.
    Hee hee heee

  11. Marilyn alias(Punkie) August 24, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    I get wet everytime I turn my water hose on to water flowers or clean the bird bath, my hose has a hole in it and sprays out at me. Feels so good in this hot weather.

  12. Life is so much better when you make it fun! We took a huge chance moving to STL but it will be totally worth it. We already getting something pretty special!

  13. It rained today! Praise God! I didn’t dance, but I went ahead to the church picnic despite the rain AND it stopped just in time for us to eat. We were all so happy, we were going to eat wet food if need be!

  14. Debbie, sorry about the ice cream. :( Glad to hear you got some rain. It’s been a mild summer for us! Things are still fairly green around here.

    Ashley, I’m glad you guys stepped out together and went on an adventure!

    Kandis, I’m glad you have Larry!!!!!!!!! I hope your Mom does get surgery soon. My father-in-law had the same thing done and his quality of life is 10000 times better now. He’s even working for James helping to install cabinets!!!

    Have fun at the concert Auntie.

    The girls started school last Thursday, but I can’t figure out how to upload pictures on James’ computer. Mine is broke. :(

  15. Marilyn alias(Punkie) August 25, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Well, James will probably figure it out for you. We will be waiting to see those pics.

    Deb, We Praise God for your rain.

  16. Well I always go bare foot Spring thru fall. I wear shoes out in the winter only. I have made my share of mistakes, but don’t regret a single one of them. They are what has made me.

    I want everyone one to enjoy life to the fullest, and love those around you. Because when the one closest to you is gone, you have memories. But you don’t have the will to enjoy life as much. Something is gone, gone forever. Life is not the same. Friends don’t know you as well, because your misfortune may rub off on them.

    When you have lost three, your not willing to try again. Your tired of being left. This can also apply to divorce also. At least I know I was loved.

    I’m hoping to get well and enjoy Bingo, ride my first train, mow the front and back yard, travel, go to the state fair. I want to ride that MERRY GO ROUND and pick more DAISIES and visit all my family and have lots of fun also, just in a different way than I have. Having a partner will never happen again. Theres lots of ways of kicking off the shoes.

    I don’t know if I’m making any sense or not. But the 93 year old has it right. Ya just have to make some changes in your way of doing it.

  17. Alright, James, you need to share your computer–we’re missing your wife here! hee hee

  18. Marilyn alias(Punkie) September 10, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Well, Jules, the scales are balanced now, you have 4 girls and Deb 4 boys. How wonderful is that?

  19. WE miss you Julie, but understand. Hope you are back here soon. Sorry about the long agreement with your little old Lady. I wish I had not put it on. Some days are depressing and should not be put on a blog.

    Hope you and yours are doing fine. I’m still excited about getting my fireplace ready for cooler weather. I ordered a truck of wood. Now where am I going to put it when it comes. Decisions, decisions.

  20. Aunt Tootsie, please don’t regret what you put on the blog above. We all need to remember to enjoy our moments now with our families–we need these reminders that life here carries no guarantees. But we can have the hope that eternity with Christ brings.

  21. That is what blogs are for, sharing our feelings.
    How is Beth’s son, Beth and family holding up Jules??????

  22. You have nothing to feel bad about your comment. You are speaking with people who love you and understand you’ve been through a lot. It’s ok to talk about things. We all have ups and downs, good days and bad.

    Debbie, congratulations! I love having four girls. I wouldn’t change a thing. I know you’ll feel the same way.

    Kandi, they were back in the hospital Monday. Elan fainted in Wal-mart and she had to call 911. Thankfully they were released yesterday. His cardiac doctor doesn’t thing the infection is increasing. He thinks that because Elan has been so ill and is on such strong antibiotics that he simply fainted due to anemia, partial dehydration. His body is tired.

  23. I’m sorry I haven’t been on blogs. After the kids go to bed, I’m too tired to get on James’ laptop. I can’t wait to have a computer back.

  24. Marilyn alias(Punkie) September 17, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    We sure miss you but understand. With 4 girls you can have your own “Girls Weekend” with out leaving home. I’m getting excited about our next one. I’m sure it will be a splash!!!!!

  25. Jules, glad you got a chance to jump in here for a bit. We miss ya gal. But we understand.

  26. Good to see you again, Jules! And glad to hear that Elan’s fainting spell was nothing more serious. I’m sure Beth was scared–I knew I would be.

  27. Happy Anniversary!!!