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Think on the good things

The Way I See It

March 24, 2013
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Do you have that one song, movie, or something else that evokes strong emotions of the "good ol' days" or perhaps even of a time in your life gone by, leaving some tears running down your cheeks? Most women right now probably are saying, "of course" while we macho men have hardly any idea what it is to cry. At least that's the persona we wish to convey to the world.

But I am different in the male scheme of things. No, not that different. I'm just quite comfortable in my own skin. There is one movie that includes the one song that evokes such strong emotions in me. The movie and the song have the exact same title. It came out in 1967, starring Sidney Portier and Lulu, a new talent at that time, who sang the title song called, "To Sir With Love." I loved the movie and fell in love with Lulu. Every time I hear the song on the radio or watch the movie, a couple of tears well up in my eyes. And I'm not sure exactly why.

It reminds me of my high school days at South Tama County High School. I graduated in 1969 but was quite shy, introverted and unsure of myself during these years of my life. I didn't have much self confidence, assurance or esteem. So when that song hits my ears or I watch the movie, it reminds me a little of what might have been. I always remember the quote, "Youth is wasted on the young." How true! If I only knew then what I know now. There's nothing wrong with pondering what might have been, but we shouldn't stay there, right?

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One of my favorite Bible verses is found in the book of Philippians, chapter 4, verse 8: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things."

Isn't that a neat quotation? I am such a blessed man. I choose always to think upon the good things in my life. Every Sunday night, my kids come over to our house; we eat supper together and then we clear the table and play the goofiest, silliest board-type games we can find. We are on a brand new one right now called "Quarf" I think. You work your way around the board while drawing from various color-coded card piles and doing the crazy instructions on the card. I wont embarrass my family members for fear of severe retaliation so will only share my one humiliating experience. My card instructed me to stand with my legs about two feet apart, then bending my knees inward so they are touching, (this was impossible for me, but I tried). Then while doing this, I had to put my hands on top of my head while shaking my head back and forth vigorously and screaming, "No, I will not wear this dress to the dance."

My good friends of "The Tama News," I did, to the best of my ability, as the card instructed and it was one of the silliest things I've ever done. Why would I do such a thing? Because Ben, my son-in-law has done similar silly things like this, as has Deb. Yes, Deb performed a very silly action too. As did Jaz, Annie and Kaye, my two daughters and grand-daughter. Next weekend, It will be my other daughter's Sarah's turn. She is coming to visit.

I truly love Sunday nights. If you think about it, let me know some of the ways you are blessed. I'm sure you have many. That's The Way I See It.

Let me know how you see things at or call me at 319-334-4117.



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