One day I had lunch with some

old friends.  Jim, a short, balding golfer type, about 85-years
old, came along with them; all in all, it was a pleasant bunch.

When the menus were presented, my friends and I ordered salads,
sandwiches, and soups, except forJim who said, "A large piece
of home-made apple pie, heated please."


I wasn't sure my ears heard him right, and the others were aghast,
When Jim continued, completely unabashed...."along with two large scoops of vanilla ice

We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people
did this all the time, but when our orders were brought out, I
didn't enjoy eating mine.

I couldn't take my eyes off of
Jim as I watched himsavoring each bite of his pie
a-la-mode. The other guys just grinned indisbelief as they silently ate
their lunches.

The next time I went out to eat, I called
Jim and invited him to join me. I lunched on a white meat
tuna sandwich, while he ordered a chocolate parfait. Since I was chuckling, he
wanted to know if he amused me.

I answered, "Yes, you
certainly do, but you also confuse me. How come you always order
such rich desserts, while I feel like I must be sensible in my food

He laughed and said: "I'm tasting all that is possible for me to taste.
I try to eat the food I need and do the things I should in order to stay healthy,
but life's too short, my friend. I hate missing out on something
good. This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned)  I've never been
this old before, so, while I'm still here, I've decided it's time to
try all those things that, for years, I've been ignoring." 

He continued, "I haven't smelled all the flowers yet.
There are too many trout streams I haven't fished. There's more
fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead. 

"There are too many golf courses I haven't played. I've not
laughed at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.   

"I want to wade again in water
and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His


"I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning
toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the one I love the most.   

"I haven't cried at all the
movies yet, or walked in the morning rain.
I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again.


"So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner,
then should I die before night fall, I'd say I died a winner,
because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire.

I had that final piece of pie before my life expired."

With that, I called the waitress over.. "I've changed my mind, " I said. "I
want what he's having, only add some more whipped cream!"

This is my gift to you - We need an annual Friends Day! Live
well, love much, & laugh often - Be happy and enjoy doing
whatever your heart desires. You only go around once on this crazy

Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on
relationships with people we like, respect, and enjoy spending time
with. Remember that while money talks, ICE CREAM SINGS!


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