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Senior Moments: Things to do before we die

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Friday, September 7, 2018

A quick reminder that the Warrenton Senior Citizens Inc. meal site will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in commemoration of Labor Day.

Most of our grandkids probably would define Labor Day as something that happens just before school begins and maybe the last chance for a summer picnic or similar outing.

There’s an old saying, “If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it’s probably Labor Day weekend.”

(I think that happens more elsewhere than on Labor Day weekend in our neck of the woods.)

Labor Day recognizes the contributions working people have made in our society. The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions was formed in 1881, and the American Federation of Labor was founded five years later.

In 1887, Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday. Some refer to Labor Day as the worker’s holiday.

I doubt all children are squealing with delight over returning to school after Labor Day. However, the word “squeal” reminds me of a new word I learned recently.

It most likely has debatable pronunciations. The word is onomatopoeia. It’s any word that sounds like what it is describing, such as swish, zoom, creak, bang, meow and squeal. Also, any of the animal sounds, such as quack or moo or oink.

Think we could come up with quite a list of “sound words,” which would make them onomatopoeiatic.

We seniors never quit learning, do we? I don't know about you, but this word was new to me. And I kinda like it!

A subject that has fascinated me lately, as I continue to experience this thing called life, is the number of things I am doing for the last time.

Of course, there are things I don’t mind doing for the last time. And then I wonder about the things I will never get a chance to do. Popularly, it would be called my “bucket list.”

One person’s bucket list may include bungee jumping, jet-skiing or mountain biking and those could be on another person’s “will never do list.”

So much food for thought! I think I’ll make three columns: “Last Time Will Do,” “Never Will Do” and my “Want to Do” bucket list.

Maybe you should do this too and share them with me.

Anyway, enjoy your Labor Day festivities. I can’t resist sharing this thought by Bill Dodds: “Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.”


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