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Friday, September 12, 2008

Posted Oct 28 2008 9:40pm
For the past few years I have actually missed the preparation for the first day of school. With two grown children my Labor Day weekends just haven't been the same as they used to be. No last minute running around, no pep talks about how this year is going to be the best ever; in general no chaos. Yeah, I miss it just a little.

No worries. While visiting my 4 year old grandson I learned he will be starting pre-school. Once I found out he hadn't yet purchased a back-pack I assigned myself to the task. We ventured out one evening in search of the perfect back-pack. Two stores, a new pair of jeans, a t-shirt that lights up, new sneakers and lots of laughing later we finally found the perfect back-pack. Black and red, you can pull it or wear it on your back - best of all, it has Spider Man on it!

Here's my theory - if you're feeling a bit down, or you just need a pick-me-up, take a 4 year old shopping. This is solid advice for Grandmas, aunts, and close friends. I have determined the only people this will not work for is moms. As a mom if you're in a mood - do not under any circumstances take your 4 year old shopping!

Happy Friday,
Wendy Finch

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Aging & work...

When I retired a few years ago, it became necessary for Bev to get a fulltime job along with her part-time job, both for extra income and for the health benefits that we needed.

Shortly after she started working, I noticed she was beginning to show her age. I usually get home from the golf course about the same time she gets home from work. Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts dinner. I don't yell at her.

Instead, I tell her to take her time and just wake me when she gets dinner on the table. I generally have lunch in the Men's Grill at the country club, so eating out again at night
is not reasonable. I'm ready for some home-cooking when I hit that door.

She used to do the dishes as soon as we finished eating, but now it's not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after dinner. I do what I can by diplomatically reminding her several times each evening that the dishes won't clean themselves. I know she really appreciates this, as it does seem to motivate her to get them done before she goes to bed.

Another symptom of aging is complaining. For example, she will say that it is difficult for her to find time to pay the monthly bills during her lunch hour. But, boys, we take 'em for better or worse, so I just smile and offer encouragement. I tell her to stretch it out over two or even three days. That way she won't have to rush so much. I also remind her that missing lunch completely now and then wouldn't hurt her any (if you know what I mean). I like to think that this is one of my strong points.

When doing simple jobs, she seems to think she needs more rest periods. She had to take a break when she was only half finished mowing the yard. I try not to make a scene. I'm a fair man. I tell her to fix herself a nice, big, cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade and just sit for a while. And, as long as she is making one for herself, she may as well make one for me, too.

I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Bev, and I'm not saying that showing this much consideration is easy. Nobody knows better than I do how frustrating women get as they get older, but, guys, even if you just use a little more tact and less criticism of your aging wife because of this letter, I will consider that writing it was well worthwhile. After all, we are put on this earth to help each other.



Robert died tragically on March 1st. The police report says he was found with a Calloway extra long 50-inch Big Bertha Driver II golf club jammed up his rear end, with barely 5 inches of grip showing and with a sledge hammer lying nearby.

His wife Beverly was arrested and charged with murder. The all-woman jury took only 15 minutes to find her Not Guilty, accepting her defense that Wayne somehow, without looking, accidentally sat down on his golf club lengthwise.

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