Food for Thought columnist Peggy Goodrich

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We take those luxuries for granted, especially when we remember the olden days of coping with the heat day and night. We are in for a long, hot summer if we don’t learn to live with Oklahoma heat and storms.

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Young people keep us young as we remember the fun we had as a kid. I also know that God knew what he was doing when he gave small children to young couples. This old gray mare isn't what she used to be, but I would not have missed a single minute of this wonderful time together.

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After eight years in that wonderful country school with a miracle worker for a teacher, we rode the bus into town for high school. It was there I got my first taste of labeling students by affluence or location or ability to learn.

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Flag Day celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the flag of the United States of America. We proudly call that flag “Old Glory” or “The Stars and Stripes." Whatever we choose to call it, it represents the greatest country in the world. We should be proud and humbled to fly that special banner on every occasion, but especially on the anniversary of the adoption of the red, white and blue flag.

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I know our wonderful country is going through some rough times now. We often wonder if our young people will survive the hardships of debt, taxes, illness, insurance availability, food, shelter, gas prices, transportation, etc. Well, I think they will.

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No matter what we are or who we are now, we are not where nor what we will be. This can be a blessing, as we know we will change some and not be what we are right now. Hopefully, there will be improvements and not digressions. We have great hope for the future.

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Routine is wonderful and keeps us on track. We must stay ready for any emergency or situation that may arise. Just keeping the car tank full of gas is important. I always purchase gas when the tank registers a little below half. I was taught that two half tanks costs the same as one full tank, so I never let it get low. With road constructions, etc., it is wise to always be prepared to detour or wait a long time.

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There is a little poem about finishing. “As he spoke, his wings would now and then spread, as he meant to fly, then close again ...” Is that the way many of us are? We mean to fly, but then we stop short of a take off.

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There is just something about the cool, crisp morning air that awakens the senses and make us want to sing and dig in the dirt. There is no season of the year that I welcome with more genuine joy and anticipation than another springtime.

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