We went to our ‘home’ church Sunday. We sat in ‘Elmer’s Seat’ since he is in his upper 80’s and misses church a lot. Elmer has been in our family for over 60 years. First in Sherry's family over 50 years (married to her sister over 50 years).
and my brother in law for about 5 years, until my sister Kat passed.
Elmer was a entrepreneur, He put together his own ‘roach- coach’ route and did very well. He was always active in church. The one thing Elmer was good at was ‘sleeping’ in church in his later years. His head never drooped like the rest of us old folk, I could stay awake JUST watching him. LOL
Have you ever known anyone who did not know their own strength? That was Elmer. He was the strongest man I have ever known pound for pound. Once we were moving I had carried some stuff out and said, “Elmo, I will be back in a minute to help with the refrigerator.” I met him when I headed back, he had the Refrigerator in a bear hug and walking toward me.
Sherry’s mama needed mechanical or plumbing help at times and Elmer was the only one around. Most of the time he would wring a bolt off or strip the threads on a fitting, not knowing when to STOP.
THINKING is about all I do in church now, So I sat there thinking. Even if one is not a Christian, even if they do not believe, the scripture has so much ‘common sense’ rules, parables and philosophy, that it is good for anyone, Christian or not.
The ten Commandments are common sense, and most of our country’s laws are formed from them.
As I sat in ‘Elmer’s seat’ Sunday I thought of what King David recorded. “I was once young and went where I desired, now I am old and someone carries me where they will.” (paraphrased)
For we who are older, that is a point we know is true. Just visit a nursing home. As a matter of fact EVERYONE SHOULD visit a nursing home because If you live long enough, most likely you will end up there.
I have been visiting nursing homes for years, let me tell you, there are many improvements over the years. The ones I have seen lately have improved greatly in the smell. And that IS A BIG DEAL! When we cannot take care of ourselves, our sons have been instructed to put us in one and come see us when you can. DO NOT let us put a guilt trip on you for doing it.
Doctors keep us alive many times past our time(?), so someone must ‘warehouse’ us. Let me say this as I finish this ramble. I have visited some ‘Very Nice’ care facilities. When I get old enough I am going to shop around.
Life is fun, but YOUTH finally learns, that life can be tough with age.
Cars that never made production:
1954 Ford La Tosca
(I think the Lincoln used those tail lights)