Would you like to be 10 years old again?

W. Eugene Smith, [Jano Cardillo, age 9, missing for the third strike], ca. 1940

MISSOURI, June 15, 2014  — If you had the chance, would you go back to being ten years old again?

In those days, you went to a Parkmoore or a White Castle and you thought you were dining at a fancy restaurant. You didn’t worry about your sugar level or your cholesterol. No way were you going to have a diet soda if they were even on the market at that point in time. Instead, a chocolate malt and tell them to make it thick; so thick that you couldn’t suck it through a straw.

The world was pure. You believed everything in the world is honest, good and trustworthy. This made you ignore the tragedies of life and let you experience joy to the fullest, reveling in the little things.

Your day would consist of washing your bike and attach some new cards to the spokes to hit to make that imaginary motor sound. That sound was the most important thing of the day, not worries about your computer taking a hard crash, losing a cell phone or the market downturn hurting your 401k.

You dreamed of becoming a starter for your favorite baseball team or a Hollywood leading lady. You believed that dreams really did come true, and you fantasized about those dreams while you lay on the grass looking up at the blue sky finding shapes in the passing clouds.

Smiles and hugs came easy and without inhibition.

Now one might say that they will now turn in their computer, cell phone, savings account, mortgage payment books, all of their entertainment centers and officially resigning from being an adult.

Most have enjoyed each cycle of life and think that the lord has given us the strength to endure the hardships at each point in time of life and letting us experience the joys we had. However, that time has passed, and many seniors are now at a wonderful time of life even with the sufferings they have to endure at this stage. Some are blessed with good health with very little problems, but others are not so blessed.

But they had a good battle and they now have life experience which only come from experiencing life itself. No more battles to fight such as getting that promotion, going to night school to get that advanced education, hoping and praying the car will start in the morning so that you can get to work and the list goes on and on.

Now is the time for seniors to share their knowledge with the younger generation and watch them learn, stumble, pick them up and see them mature into beautiful people. They are the lessons learned crowd teaching them the history of our nation from the wars, political scenes, floods, depression and the good times. The fun they had in going to dances, having their dates, what school was like and the simpler life that they had. They just didn’t have the bad times, but they had the good times in addition to the ultimate in social values. A person’s handshake was a contract and the importance of goodness. So enjoy this time of life just as you did when you were ten years old with the difference being that you did not recognize it then.

However, that’s from a time and place I am from-

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