The New Year


Have you made your resolutions yet? Have you set new goals and did you take time to write them down? Are you ladies finally going to lose weight in 2018; if not, are you going to spare your friends and family the agony of talking about it constantly? Have you been realistic about what you want to accomplish in this new year? Me either!

However I sincerely wish you success in all that you have planned.

Christmas came and went in such a hurry I barely had time to send the Christmas cards out before January came in all warm and sunny. At least I think it was warm and sunny. Living in Brookdale just isn’t the same as living at your home and for some reason most of us can’t remember from one day to the next whether things are going like they should or not! However, there were a lot of activities going on here.

Almost every day or evening during December, groups of carolers came to entertain us. Several bands performed for us and even a group of Belly Dancers shared their talents with us. All in all, December was a fun, joyful month. But you know what? I missed the snow!! Oh, I know we had some of the white stuff, but maybe not enough?? The supervisors and staff here did an amazing job of making the holidays special for us, and for that we say a great big THANK YOU, ya done good!

At first I thought I would write something profound or inspirational as I came in by the back door of January, but maybe I’ll just share something that happened a few years ago. I was reading some columns I had written in 1991 for the Iron County Crossroads and came across one I thought really applied to me and maybe it will to some of you. It was titled “And That’s The Way It Was!”

We were born before television, before penicillin, before polio shots, contact lenses, Frisbees and the ‘Pill’. We were born before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, and ball point pens. Before panty hose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners, and before man walked on the Moon!

We got married first and then lived together! In our time, closets were for clothes, not for “coming out of.” (How quaint can you be?) Bunnies were small rabbits and rabbits were not Volkswagens.

Designer Jeans were scheming girls named Jean or Jeanne and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along well with family members.

We were born before Gay Rights, or computer dating. We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters or word processors. The only men who wore earrings were Pirates and women never got tattoos. Hard ware meant hardware and software was not even a word. A chip was a small piece of wood.

In 1940, “Made in Japan” meant junk and the term “making out” referred to how you did on your last test. We hit the scene when there were 5 and 10-cent stores where you actually bought things for a nickel or a dime. For a nickel you could buy a candy bar, ride a street car, make a phone call, buy a Coke or enough stamps to mail one letter and two penny postcards. You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600; that is, if you could scrounge up $600, and gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In our day, grass was mowed, Coke was a soda you drank, and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music was a Grandma’s lullaby and aids were helpers of some sort. AND we were certainly not born before the difference between the sexes was discovered, but we were born before you could have a sex change.

Oh well, life goes on and we adapt to change or we get too old to remember that yesterday was only 24 hours ago and that tomorrow is still ahead of us, and hopefully we’ll be able to remember what it was we forgot that we were going to do today!

I think I’ll end this column with a prediction….”I hereby predict that we probably won’t have as much snow this year as we really need, but we will have a lot more wind than we really need.” May only good things come your way in 2018 and all your troubles be little ones!




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