The Richmond Register

January 7, 2013

We know we’re old if we often think of how things used to be

By Dick Ham
Register Columnist

RICHMOND — I was just thinking the other day about how much we old folks welcome a New Year.

Perhaps the main reason we enjoy it is just the fact that we are still around. We certainly wonder what 2013 will bring. Things were so different when we were young.

We remember when a man could get a haircut for a quarter, a first class stamp was three cents, and gasoline was 25 cents a gallon. The only foreign car we saw on the streets was a VW Bug.

We were offended when Clark Gable uttered a profanity at the conclusion of “Gone With the Wind.” Now things much worse fill the TV screen and movies.

Those of us who are blessed to have our spouse still with us rejoice everyday. I am so grateful to have my gorgeous blonde wife. In 2013 we will have been married for 57 years.

One of the reasons why our marriage has lasted so long is an agreement we made very early. We decided that I would make every big decision and she would make all the small ones. To this day, there has never been a big decision.

This characterizes our home. Love deeply. Make memories. Cherish friends. Forgive quickly. Count our blessings. Laugh out loud and often. Make mistakes. Say “I’m sorry.” Live life to its fullest.

We wonder what to expect this year from our government. A recent government study on aging, costing millions of dollars provided compelling evidence that Americans are growing older.

We realize times have changed. Hardware used to refer to a store, not computer equipment. Enter was a sign on a door, not a button on a computer keyboard, and chip was a piece of wood. Fast food was eaten during lent, and rock music was when grandma sang a lullaby in a rocking chair.

For two hours, an elderly lady, sitting next to a man on an airplane had told him all about her grandchildren. She had showed him a photo album with pictures of all eight children.

She realized that she had dominated the conversation so she said, “I’ve done all the talking, and I’m so sorry. Surely you have something to say. Please tell me, what do you think of my grandchildren?”

An old couple disagreed about churches. The husband did not like the wife’s church and refused to attend with her.

One day, in a conversation with her pastor, she informed him that her husband had forbidden her to attend his church.

The pastor assured her that if she would remain faithful, and continue to attend, everything would be alright. 

A few days later she went to the church and said to the pastor, “I’m terribly afraid. He says he’ll kill me if I continue to attend.”

Once again the pastor assured her that if she would just have faith she would be fine.

She returned a short time later and told the pastor, “He’s really angry. He says he’ll kill you if I don’t stop.”

The pastor replied, “Well my child, maybe it’s time for you to check out the nice little church down the street.”

We realize we are getting old when we can’t do one thing without remembering how it used to be done.

Trivia answer

St. Mary’s College, founded in Nelson County, Kentucky in 1821 and closed in 1976 was the oldest Catholic Men’s College west of the Allegheny Mountains and oddly enough, had the name of a female Saint.

Trivia question

Country singer Tom T. Hall is a native of what Kentucky town?

Thought for the day

During the first third of life, everyone told you what to do. During the second third of your life, you told everyone else what to do. During the last third of your life, everyone’s telling you what to do again.

The good thing is, you can’t hear ’em, so you don’t care.