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OPINION: 80- year-old contemplates New Year’s resolutions

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I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but this year I read a list from a few national figures, and I thought I would write myown. I really don’t want to work on defining my six pack or improving my time in a 5k. I may go to the Legacy Center on a more regular basis to see some of our friends, but strictly for social reasons. When you are approaching 80, your goals certainly take on a different perspective.

As I contemplated my life and my goals for next year, I came up with ten resolutions:

1) More long conversations with old friends.

2) No more discussions about the lack of water or education.

3) Re-read old classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn, and The Scarlet Letter, etc.

4) Get rid of the boxes of fabric scraps. I don’t think I will make many more quilts.

5) Learn to love the gray in my hair.

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6) Go to softball and baseball games and try to climb to the top of the bleachers.

7) Watch more old westerns like Gunsmoke, Cheyenne, and Maverick.

8) Make sure I tell my grandchildren and great grandchildren more stories about their amazing heritage of faithful, courageous ancestors.

9) Write my life history.

10) Watch less TV.

I tried to convince my husband to write a list of his own and he just looked at me and rolled his eyes.

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