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June 27, 2013

One Thing I Know for Sure…



One Thing I Know For Sure...

I know that Oprah has been the nation's therapist, ultimate gift giver, inspiration, and teacher of best lives for so many, but for me, it's Aunt Ruth! (All right, so I also like Oprah and so does Aunt Ruth.)

Aunt Ruth and I were sitting in her living room talking about the usual topics ranging from the economy to her current discovery that cutting up those small cucumbers and putting them into a jar of leftover pickle juice makes some swell snacks!  I found myself asking, "Aunt Ruth, what do you know for sure?"

Without hesitation, she said:

1.  Time doesn't ask if you want more time.  It keeps going on like a river, so you better take advantage of it!

2.  I know for sure that I have many good friends.  They are vital to my life, and I have had many of the same friends since I was three.

Then, there was a pause....and she said:

3.  I know for sure that getting old is very hard to accept.  When I was young, I never thought I'd get old.  I know for sure that I have had to accept being old, otherwise I would turn into a miserable old lady, and there are already enough of them!

4.  I know for sure that you have to like to eat to be a good cook.  You must taste while you cook to know if what you're making is any good.

5.  I know for sure that being an aunt is easier than being a parent.  I don't have any responsibility as an aunt.

6.  I know for sure that being a wife means being truthful.

7.  I know for sure that to be a good sister you must love each other, but even more important, you must respect and help each other.  I adored my older sister, and I miss her every day.

We sat in silence for a while, and she smiled and said,

"Honey, what I know for sure is that love is the most important thing in your life.  It is the greatest gift."

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