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Always remember simple things make life better
Senior Moments
Rich DeLong is executive director of Station Exchange Senior Care. - photo by File photo

Robert Fulghum wrote a great book, "All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten." Its great advice, and so true. My thoughts that follow are sort of an extension to Fulghum’s words.

As we age, it is very important that we remember certain things to help guarantee success. For example, when I was young, my mom always made sure I started the day with a good breakfast. Nowadays it is more common for me to skip breakfast because I’m running behind. How does one get behind so early in the morning? Always remember to start your day with a good breakfast. Your body and your mom will be thankful you did.

The other day I left the house without putting on deodorant. For me, a day without deodorant is like a day at the dairy farm. The real bad part is I usually do not realize I’ve missed this important hygiene practice until it is too late. It’s like realizing you just ran that stop sign after the policeman pulls you over. The damage is done. Always remember that deodorant is a good thing.

I thought growing up that we were somewhat poor. We were never unhappy; we just never had a lot. I found out later it was good to be content with little. It made the times when we did have something much more special. Always remember to be content with what you have and you will never lack anything.

At our house we never started eating a meal without saying a blessing. Prayers are important. I can’t thank God enough for my sister who was my protector when I started kindergarten. I had to ride the bus to school and she was always there to usher me on, and off. Missy was anything but prissy. Mess with her younger brother and you were cruisin for a bruisin. Always remember to be thankful for the people God places in your life to protect you.

For 30 years I have watched my wife, Jennifer, ride off to work as a first grade teacher (the exception was one year she taught second grade). I can count on one hand the times I remember her not going to work because of an illness. Her dedication to both her job and her students has been second only to her family. I love the, "If you can read this thank a teacher," bumper sticker. From my wife I learned to appreciate the time, energy, commitment and care that teachers show. Always remember to thank a teacher.

Whatever you do in life, learn to admit your mistakes and forgive others for their wrongdoings. Carrying around either one can be a burden for life. Always remember that forgiving and forgetting equals freedom.

I’ve done much in my life and not all of it was good. But all the good that I did do over the years came from seeking God and serving others; this I am sure. Always remember to seek God and serve in his name and you will be blessed with joy every day.

Lastly, if you have trouble with this one on your own, always remember to get someone to ask you before you leave the house, "Dad, is your fly up?" This will save you from many embarrassing moments.

Oh, and always remember to laugh often my friends.

 You can call DeLong at 912-531-7867 or email him at

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