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My gift to you.....

daveomak

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My gift to you

One day I had lunch with some old friends. Jim, a short, balding golfer type, about 85-years old, came along with them; all in all, it was a pleasant bunch.

When the menus were presented, my friends and I ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, "A large piece of home-made apple pie, heated please."
 
I wasn't sure my ears heard him right, and the others were aghast, when Jim continued, completely unabashed...."along with two large scoops of vanilla ice cream."
           
We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time, but when our orders were brought out, I didn't enjoy eating mine. I couldn't take my eyes off of Jim as I watched him savoring each bite of his pie a-la-mode. The other guys just grinned in disbelief as they silently ate their lunches.
           
The next time I went out to eat, I called Jim and invited him to join me. I lunched on a white meat tuna sandwich, while he ordered a chocolate parfait. Since I was chuckling, he wanted to know if he amused me. I answered, "Yes, you certainly do, but you also confuse me. How come you always order such rich desserts, while I feel like I must be sensible in my food choices?"
          
He laughed and said "I'm tasting all that is possible for me to taste. I try to eat the food I need and do the things I should in order to stay healthy, but life's too short, my friend. I hate missing out on something good. This year I realized how old I was. He grinned. I've never been this old before, so, while I'm still here, I've decided it's time to try all those things that, for years, I've been ignoring."
 
He continued, "I haven't smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many trout streams I haven't fished. There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead. There are too many golf courses I haven't played. I've not laughed at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.”
          
"I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace. I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the one I love the most.
          
"I haven't cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again. So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I'd say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire. I had that final piece of pie before my life expired."
          
With that, I called the waitress over.. "I've changed my mind, " I said. "I want what he's having, only add some more whipped cream!"
 

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Ain't that the truth.

And the older you get the more relevant this is.

Pass the hot fudge please!

Al
 

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More sausage gravy on the sourdough biscuits please....
 

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Exactly why I don't trim the fat.  Nice story Dave. B
 

gearjammer

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Very well stated, I try not to push it to hard.

Some folks think they're going to live forever, I tell them all the

time, you ain't gonna live a thousand years.

It just seems like it 'cause you never have any fun, or eat anything really Delicious.

I believe life is meant to be lived.

          Ed
 

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My mom said close to the same thing talking to her doctor one day. He said you need to try harder she said I still need to enjoy what's left dealing with assorted issues already I told her go and enjoy were all going sometime.
 

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Ain't that just the truth Dave. I truly never expected to live this long, but since I have.....where's my double hot fudge chocolate Sunday covered in real whipped cream????

Gary
 

joe black

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That's a great story. Sooooo, if it ain't breaded, deep fried, and covered in gravy..... Forget it
 

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Big thanks Dave......excellent reminder to us all!!

Now if you will excuse me, there is a plate of deep fried soft shell crab waiting for me!!!!
 

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We have an 85 year old regular on the boat that I go out on who's known to bring some of the wildest foods.  Not too long ago I over heard a lady ask him how can he eat all of this fancy food.  He just smiled and said "because I'm 85 and I'm enjoying it while I can.  So I couldn't help but to offer to smoke one of his Salmon that he caught that day for him.  When I brought the finished product back to him a couple weeks later, he had totally forgotten about it  and tears came to his eyes.  We cleared one of the tables in the cabin and had a smoked Salmon feast..  I think that day, he spent more time at the table than he did tending his fishing rod.  But that was ok for he had lots of friends on board who checked his bait for him.

I hope I can be like him when I turn 85.  Heck even 70.  Heck even........
 
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