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A hope note

Probably all those who make it into their 90s are asked for the secret of their longevity. ‘No left turns’ is the most bizarre answer I’ve heard.
Michael Gartner, who won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, heard his father, age 95, give that reason for living so long.
His father had quit driving in 1927. He walked everywhere, or his wife ‘ until she turned 90 ‘ drove him. The two were married for 75 years, and according to son Michael, were deeply in love the entire time.
No left turns? They had read an article that said most automobile accidents old people have occur when they are turning left in front of oncoming traffic. They decided right then that they would never again make a left turn. They figured that three right turns (around the block) would be the same as a left turn, and much safer. If they lost count, they made seven rights. If they missed again, they went home and chalked it up as a bad day.
The couple died in a bungalow they purchased in 1937 for $3,000. She died at age 94; he at 102. His last lucid words to the family, from the bungalow bed: ‘I want you to know that I am in no pain. I am very comfortable. And I have had as happy a life as anyone on this earth could ever have.’
Son Michael’s summation: ‘Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it.’
And no left turns.

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