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Age 5
I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night".

Age 6
I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either.

Age 7
I've learned that when I wave to people in the country,
they stop what they are doing and wave back.

Age 9
I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it,
Mom makes me clean it up again.

Age 10
I've learned that if you are leaving a restroom and you meet someone
trying to enter, step aside and let them in because they have a more urgent need.

Age 12
I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up,
you should try cheering someone else up.

Age 14
I've learned that although it's hard to admit it,
I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me.

Age 15
I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.

Age 20
I've learned that having a cool car has nothing to do with meeting
someone "pretty or nice."  The nice people are not standing in the
middle of the street waiting to be found.

Age 21
I've learned that although it's fun to have a car that will reach 60
miles per hour in under ten seconds, it better have comfortable
seats and a good radio so that the next 59 minutes and 50 seconds
of the trip are relaxing.

Age 22
I've learned that love isn't all about who you want to go to bed with,
it's more about who you want to wake up and start the day with.

Age 23
I've learned that if I don't like the way life is going, when I look in
a mirror I can find the only person who can change it.

Age 24
I've learned that the beginning of love is to let those we love just be
themselves, and not twist them with our own image, otherwise,
we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

Age 25
I've learned not to confuse friends with acquaintances
. Genuine friends
are very rare and very special.

Age 27
I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures.

Age 28
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 my life so that no one will believe it.

Age 30
I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it.

Age 31
I've learned that if your dog or cat doesn't like someone
you think is a friend, be wary.

Age 32
I've learned that if someone you think you trust cheats at Golf, be wary.

Age 33
I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children,
work to improve your marriage.

Age 34
I've learned I'm lucky that the person I married is my best friend.

Age 35
I've learned that wearing tight clothes does not make me look thinner.

Age 42
I've learned that you can make some one's day by simply sending them a little note.

Age 43
I've learned that going bald is not a bad thing.

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 46
I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.

Age 47
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

Age 48
I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours.

Age 49
I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.

Age 50
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle these three things:
a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

Age 51
I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.

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 61
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

Age 62
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers 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, your work, meeting new people,
and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

Age 65
I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness,
I usually 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 that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

Age 90
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

Age 92
I've learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about.
Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

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