Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Son to be greeted with open arms - and to-do list

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Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.

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– Sanislaw Lec

There are a lot of downsides to having your only child go away to college.

His mother misses him terribly, as mothers are prone to do.

And you know what?

I miss him, too.

Mostly because I have now been demoted to the lowest rung in the household hierarchy and have to do things I had pretty much quit doing since someone got his driver’s license.

You know, the things I delegated to him.

Well, they’re mine again.

Now I am the one to: run errands, handle yard work, go get milk or bread or eggs.

It’s my job to: keep family vehicles full of fuel, go the drugstore to get prescriptions, take back things to the discount store that were the wrong size.

Yep. Now I am the one to: feed the dogs, walk the dogs, water the dogs and bathe the dogs.

He’ll be home this weekend. I can’t wait.

I miss him so.

YOUR POSTCARDS: Summer travelers include DeeDee, Pat, Alan, Elizabeth and baby Henry, who visited Oak Island, N.C.

Winston and Cheryl Collins enjoyed the east Tennessee mountains.

Sonya Dodson, Judy Smith and Mary Jenness caught the wonderful sights of Maui.

Mary Bordeaux was in New Hampshire and Maine for the summer getting photos for the Augusta Photo Festival. Doris and daughter Beth, from Edgefield, visited Mayan ruins in Belize. They also enjoyed a seaweed milk shake.

Bill and Sharon, from Martinez, sent in a rare card from Connecticut.

George and Paula, from Bartow, Ga., celebrated their 50th anniversary in Alaska. Suzana Ashworth, of Grovetown, visited parents in Colorado.

The Heiman family (Rob and Claire and Ann Marie and David) were kind enough to send a rare New Hampshire postcard

Bill and Gail Shirley, of Augusta, went to Massachusetts to take part in a 55th high school reunion.

TODAY’S JOKE: Dottie Bradley shares this exercise routine for middle-age people:

1. Stand on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

2. With a 5-pound potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

3. Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-pound potato bags.

4. Then try 50-pound potato bags, and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-pound potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I’m at this level.)

5. After you feel confident at that level, put a potato into each bag.


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