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Life’s Lessons From All Ages

  • I’ve learned that you can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk (age 6).
  • I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing “Jesus Loves Me” (age 7).
  • I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they wave back (age 9).
  • I’ve learned that when I get my room the way I like it, mom makes me clean it up (age 12).
  • I’ve learned that if you want to cheer up, you should cheer someone else up (age 13).
  • I’ve learned that it’s hard to admit, but I’m secretly glad my parents are strict (age 15).
  • I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice (age 24).
  • I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures (age 25).
  • I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there (age 29).
  • I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it (age 39).
  • I’ve learned that many people love you dearly but don’t know how to show it (age 41).
  • I’ve learned that you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a card (age 44).
  • I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others (age 45).
  • I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies (age 46).
  • I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my discouraged spirit for hours (age 49).
  • I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and a flat tire (age 52).
  • I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die (age 53).
  • I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life (age 58).
  • I’ve learned that if you want to provide for your children, improve your marriage (age 61).
  • I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance (age 62).
  • I’ve learned that you should not go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back (age 64).
  • I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you (age 65).
  • I’ve learned that whenever I decide to act with kindness, I make the right decision (age 66).
  • I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer (age 72).
  • I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one (age 82).
  • I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love human touch — holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back (age 85).
  • I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn (age 92).

Kyle Campbell