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That's life!

Posted Friday, February 17, 2012, at 10:05 AM

In a matter of a couple months I will be turning sixty-six. Where in the world has the time gone? Not so much because of my upcoming new age, but more in watching and listening to people, and just thinking over my life and the lives of others, I have come to some conclusions of my own about life.

In James 4:14 we are told, "For what is your life? It is even as a vapor that appeareth for a while and then vanishes away."

With this in mind, as I think back over my life, it seems only yesterday that I was a child. Playing the old games we used to play in the yard. Making mud pies; sitting with my sister, Linda, at Grandpa Grubbs knees and singing to him about Jesus. Mom rocking and singing to us; me chasing Dad up and down the fields while he was on the tractor; getting ready for my first date. All the other things we do in our youth.

Now, I'm not only grown, but nearing "old age." Hey now, I said nearing, not there yet. I have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I have given Mom and Dad their first child, first grandchild, first great-grandchild and their first great-great-grandchild. Come to think of it, I have given Mom and Dad many of their 'firsts.' Some, I daresay, they wish I hadn't.

I have experienced the joy of the birth of my own children and the birth of many children of family and friends. I have experienced the heartbreak and cruelty of the death of precious family members and beloved friends. But, I have also experienced the joy and hope of rejoining those who have gone to a land that knows no sorrows.

Yes, in thinking over the years past, and about my reactions to certain life situations, I have learned some answers that I never knew existed, or if they did, I wasn't aware of them. These are a few of them.

Life starts out slow, then whishes by in a hurry; life is sometimes hard, sometimes a breeze; life is not always fair, but then neither are we.

Parents grow old quickly, children grow up much quicker. Children should be given the wings to fly at their own pace, not mine. Children do not understnd when I say "Someday you will under- stand."

Young people do not believe I was ever young; young people do not believe they will ever be old. And, old people forget they were ever young.

The best times of our life are when we are at our parents knees and the next best is when our children and grandchildren are at our knees.

Parting is hard. Reunions are wonderful. There is nothing like having loved ones with you during a weather storm. Doesn't matter if you are safe. You believe you are because they are with you.

I have learned that you can be alone and not be lonely and you can be in a crowd and still be lonesome.

For the most part, I can choose to be happy or sad. It doesn't always depend on others. I have learned that family can be friends and friends can be family.

I have learned that what old old people told me when I was young is just pretty much the way it is.

I have learned that a clean house does not always mean a happy home and that a messy house does not mean a dysfunctional family or a lazy woman.

A cloudy day can be enjoyed just as much as a sun-shiney day.

You can like someone and not love them and you can love someone and not like them.

No matter how much I make up my mind to be good and to do better, I'm going to mess up and so will others.

There is so much more I have learned. I just wonder when the wisdom will come?

See ya next time somewhere in a "Korner."

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Although there are not a lot of you who blog, I appreciate your comments about my little column when we meet on the street or you come to my shop. I appreciate each and every one of you. You keep reading and i will keep writing. Kathleen's Korner comes out in the Sunday edition of the Statesman as well as on line.

-- Posted by kd5475 on Sat, Mar 3, 2012, at 1:55 PM

Wise words, Kathleen (and Rick!). I enjoyed them all the more, because you posted this wonderful blog on my birthday. I'm up early on Saturday morning, thinking about my own life, as I pass another "Big-O" landmark. I can confirm many of your observations.

I think the best time in my life has been the birth of my children and the years afterward, when they were growing up, watching them play outside my living room window in the dirt, building forts and tunnels. They explored the farm and brought back such treasures--cow skulls, bleached white in the sun, baby voles discovered in the gully, box turtles found in the garden at the bottom of the hill.... Good times full of sunshine and happiness.

Each age brings wisdom, even the age of parting, after the golden age is gone.

Now that I have entered the third stage of my life, I can take joy in my grandchildren, as they play on that same living room floor with the toys that their parents left behind.

I can also love one very special person again, when I thought that part of my life was over.

I wait patiently to see what the last stages of my life will bring, trusting that God will watch over me, as he always has.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this very special day in my own life!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sat, Feb 18, 2012, at 4:23 AM

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Kathleen is a resident of Dexter. She was born in Indiana, but her parents moved their family back to the Dexter area when she was three. Other than three years she and her husband, Collin, lived in St. Charles, Mo. and ten years in Birmingham, Alabama, she has spent her life in Dexter. As you can tell, Kathleen is a people person and believes in giving credit to whom credit is due. Thus, the reason for her hero/heroine column every other week in Kathleen's Korner. As you can tell, she also like to have fun, most of the time at her own expense. Kathleen (Grubbs) is a 1964 graduate of Dexter High School and invites her friends to her "Korner."
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