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POSTED: May 27, 2014 11:30 p.m.

I had lunch earlier this week with an old friend of mine. He lives in a nearby assisted-living community in Savannah and we get together about once a month to just talk, laugh and eat a good meal.  
His name is Poppa, or at least that is what everyone calls him. He was married to his one-and-only sweetheart for more than 75 years before she passed away almost two years ago.
He was 20 and she was 18 when they married. He now is 97 years old and still thinks about his wife, Emma, every day.
They say marriages are made in heaven. This one surely was.
They say it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. It seems that “they” say a lot of things. They say if you don’t like the weather in Chicago, wait 15 minutes. I heard that “they” say that in Tampa, too.
They say everything happens for a reason. I sure would like to know why, then, my smartphone just all of a sudden lost all my contact names, phone numbers and addresses? My first response was, “This can’t be happening.” Everything I do every day is in that phone. Fortunately my daughter, Sydney, knew how to retrieve all the lost information from an iCloud. Wow!  They say every cloud has a silver lining — this one surely did.
Remember when we had phones that had no storage capabilities? We used to memorize every phone number of every person we ever called. I still remember the phone numbers of all my friends when I was in high school. I didn’t have that many friends.
I once worked with a lady who was a human phone book. She had lots of friends and could rattle off phone numbers faster than the spread of small-town gossip, which happened to be her hobby. Maybe that’s why she knew so many numbers.  
They say if you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all; that’s good advice. They say great minds think alike; I’m not so sure about that. I once thought it would be cool to jump off our roof while using a bed sheet as a parachute.  My friend, Tommy, thought that was a neat idea as well. We were both wrong.
They do say bad things happen for a reason. Hmmm.
They say bigger is better. My pants size is bigger than it used to be, and I’m not feeling any better about that. They say if your palm itches, money is coming your way. They also say money is the root of all evil.    
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes, I think they make this stuff up. Although, they do say you’re only young once.  That’s pretty true.
Who is “they,” anyway? I wish I knew. I assume they don’t really care what I think about what they say.
I guess I should be careful. You know what they say about people who assume?  

DeLong is the executive director of The Suites at Station Exchange. Call 912-531-7867 or go to www.thesuitesatstationexchange.com.

 

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