Saturday, 26 June 2010

Doing it right the first time!

If I had my life to live over,
I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
I'd relax, I'd would limber up.
I would be sillier than I would have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.
I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.

You see,  I'm one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour,
day after day.
Oh I've had my moments,
and if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of them.
In fact, I'd try to have nothing else.
Just moments, one after another,
instead of living many years ahead of each day.
I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer,
a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute.
If I had to do it again,
I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.
~Nadine Stair
85 years old
Louiseville, Ky

This was originally printed in the Family Circle magazine edition of March 27, 1978

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