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The Grocery Checkout Lady Made Me Cry

A Moment At The Grocery Checkout Brings Tears

Today was a very emotional day from the moment I woke up. Lately I have been reflecting on my life….that happens more and more as I get older.

March 14 is an anniversary of a tragic moment in my life that happened 43 years ago when I was in college. I’m not getting into that since it’s not the reason for this blog and I really don’t want this to be a bummer and sad blog.

The reason I’m writing is to share about a person (my adopted mother) that had an incredible impact on my life. I was adopted at the age of fourteen and will be forever grateful to have had her in my life. If you’ve read my other blogs you will know what I mean.  Today at the grocery store my checkout lady looked and acted just like my mother and I started to cry. I miss her so much and miss talking to her. We lost my mother to cancer and not a day goes by that I don’t think about her.

When we are young we take are parents for granted. I want to include an article that was written about my adopted parents. This will show what awesome people they were and how they helped people.

Volume 32, Number 8
August 2002
Gasts honored for volunteerism

With over 25 years of dedicated service, it is no wonder Bob and Marge Gast from Warsaw, Ind., have been named the Territorial Volunteer Family. What they have done to serve others through The Salvation Army could fill volumes, but here’s a glance.

Marge is a past advisory board member and a long-standing women’s auxiliary member. Both she and her husband work tirelessly on fundraising projects, including the auxiliary’s annual fruit and nut sale and the soup and pie luncheon. They have been instrumental in starting an auxiliary children’s fashion show and luncheon which raises funds to buy school clothes and shoes for underprivileged children. The Gasts also regularly purchase food and prepare the meal for the youth program on Wednesday nights. During the holidays, they’re on kettle duty, help with the Angel Tree and league of mercy.

They also serve their community by helping with senior center activities, and Bob heads up organization of Mobile Meals delivery through the Rotary Club. While they’re active in their own church, they support special events at the corps and Marge regularly attends the corps’ women’s Bible study.

The Army salutes you, Bob and Marge, for your Christian witness, commitment and service!

 I thank God everyday for bringing this beautiful family into my life. The article didn’t mention that they had 4 children and then adopted three of us…..that’s because they thought of us as their children……not once did we EVER feel different because we were adopted.  The same goes for their 4 biological children. We were brothers and sisters from the day we were adopted. I am a very lucky person! Cherish your family and have a great day!

How Did I Get To The Back Nine So Soon?

 Wondering…….How Did I Get To The Back Nine So Soon? life

The following is an email I received from a friend and it has a strong message. It completely articulates my feelings exactly.  I couldn’t have said any better.

Thanks Tom!

You know … Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is… The back nine of my life and it catches me by surprise…How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first hole and the back nine was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting gray…they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change…Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d become.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though I’m on the back nine, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…it’s over. A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not on the back nine yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the back nine or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

“Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.


Remember “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.


The Three Main Things To Remember In Building Your Own Life

Ashton Kutcher gives a powerful speech at the Teen Choice Awards on The Three Main Things To Remember In Building Your Own Life.



The Three Main Things To Remember In Building Your Own Life

As a parent and a teacher Ashton Kutcher impacted me with his speech on The Three Main Things To Remember In Building Your Own Life. This is something that all young adults and parents should hear. It’s the important things that we should all live by…..young and old.

The first thing:  Opportunity looks like hard work. Ashton at the age of thirteen helped his father carry shingles to the roof.  He had a job washing dishes in a restaurant. Work in a factory sweeping.  He never had a job that he was better than.  He always felt lucky to have a job. Every job he had was a stepping stone to his next job and never quit a job until he had his next job.

The second thing: Being Sexy-The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, being thoughtful and being generous.  Everything else is crap!  It’s crap that people try to sell you to make you feel like less.

The third thing:  Living Life.  He relearned this when he was filming the movie Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs said  “Everything around us is made up of people no smarter than you”.  You can build your own life that other people can live it.  Build you life, don’t just live one.

Never Quit Applying The Three Main Things To Remember In Building Your Own Life

Although Aston’s speech was geared to the young adults, I believe it still applies to everyone no matter their age.  I have changed careers and opportunity is hard work.  It’s well worth your time to keep learning new things.  I’ve always thought that being smart, generous and  thoughtful was a lot sexier than how women are portrayed as objects in the media. Living your life as you want and not how people tell you to live it.  I wished I had heard of The Three Main Things To Remember In Building Your Own Life when my daughter was younger. This is a video I will share with everyone!  Young and Old!