I Would Pick More Daisies

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
September 30, 2002

When the late Nadine Stair of Louisville, Kentucky, was 85 years old, she was asked what she would do if she had her life to live over again.

“I’d make more mistakes next time,” she said. “I’d relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been on this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

“You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, and a raincoat. If I had to do it over again, I would travel lighter than I have.

“If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds and I would pick more daisies.”


Author  -  Don Herold
  1. Maybe when I am 85 I’ll feel the same way. Live with more abandon because I’ll have fewer responsibilities. The measure between optimism and pessimism is realism. Sees realism is where I am. I like her enthusiasm for living. One needs that at 85! Join a senior center–there one finds laughter amid stiff knees and by pass surgeries! It is also a wonderful place to carry the message of Christ.


  2. sweetpea2love said:

    Wonderful story, I think she was talking about God, in such a way that he wants all of his children to thrive and be happy. Thank you for posting the lovely story… Take care and stay happy…


  3. I suppose you need to have the benefit of being able to look back to see what was really important and what you truly missed out on. Just visited with my husband’s 90-year-old grandparents this weekend. They said what they really do most of each day is laugh together. It was sweet.


  4. Travel lighter
    Worry less.

    Travel Lighter
    Find joy in small things.

    Travel Lighter
    See the good in others.

    Travel Lighter
    See God in all things.


  5. I love this story … am reading it at a time of great thought and reflection for me … thank you so very much x


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