'^tomfc "family holidays, father «once th.e,Way theyJo,;we -are lucky, if'ft* tfiaha'ge one,big,cake for . the four o&asiorfS. But PHaVe'tfbtlced'tM'although sc&ftt attention is paid to theJjfrthdays,,everybody remembers the ages -^'especially mine! . , ,"> r j* .- *. j. . v ' •* • > * , • -"' THE CHINESE/ I THINK, HAVE .anwottderfuLattitude toward age. In the Pelrl fidck fepolss 1V£ read'about that country; getting-old is ex. tremely desirable, Woman-have it especially good. Lovely teenage brides , are -the lowest; feniales in the family heirarchy While the wrinkled, an'. cient, mother-in*law gets all the respect and glory 1 .Getting one year older an advantage in China. • • « ,• * * , * t IN AMERICA IT IS JUST THE OPPOSITE. People here have no* "respect for,.agejUnifies it,is bottledi there is.only a,short period In-life ' wHert;a Woman like¥ to See her a|e't>il» lip and that conies when she is ' in her early teens as our daughter is. All summer, Mary Ann has been i saying, '"I am almost 15", and I've been squelchifig her' every time she • * says it. You see, her birthday is the very'same day mine is arid I never r like to become my new age until I am forced to. That usually is midnight of pur birthday, and even then I sometimes subtract a .couple of years. ' "t <<} in •••<• s^ 1 - 1 ; * *i "' r -* * .'• " ' AS PAH'AS.I.AM CONCElfKBp, the seven ages of woman are: in* ' fancy,'Childhood," adolescence, junior* miss, youhg'womarf, young woman and young. Woman. .The seven ages of man are: infancy, childhood, adolescent, young man, dangerous, distinguished and venerated. FATHER IS ALMOST EXACTLY ONE year Older than I am. In' ,fact, we were married on the only day out of the, whole year when w§ are-the same age,'But the birthday-he had this-week puts him in tHi very' nicest age for a man — the prime of life. Even if I am a whole yeat younger, mine puts me in the most frustrating -yeaVs for a woman, the time when, she has to admit to middle age. It simply is not fair ! .**)*( t MIDDLE-AGE HAS BEEN DEFINED AS THE time of life when your idea* of getting ahead is staying-even. I agree with that'but I would like to define, it as about 10 years older than I am. Of course, we cah always fall back on Jack Benny's bld'gag of saying we are 39. But I've always thought that was a little corny, and the only time I used it was the four years I actually was 39.- .-•• . . ••'•'• . . •' t ..*•• .*-••. ••*• •;''••"'• •'' • WELL, ANYWAY,MIDDLE AGE BRINGS experience, and some kinds of experience bring middle, or old age. But if-someone were to wave a magic wand over me and I could .be really young again, I doubt ji I could stand the treatment. Especially if. I had to.give up the things tna years have brought: ' ' I WOULDN'T WANT TO GIVE up'the husband who is'always at my side *he first thing in the mprning'and -the last at night for the am xiety of waiting for the phone to rlng\ witlr a call from a very- special boy. And I'd hate to have to worry ibout my appearance eVery time'I .might run into him. * x •> * " * * !• WOULDN'T WANT TO "GIVE UP these conversations I have with my three emerging adults for the hurly-burly of the diaper and two a.m. feeding days, and I doubt if I Could gq^through being a Cub Scout Den Mother again. I'd'loVe to recapture some oil the sense of fun and silliness I had in my youth but I'd jtist'as soon leave out the adolescent* pimples. The trouble is that now I've got pimples on my wrinkles 1 * * * r f ALTHOUGH. EVEN OT.foY YOUTH, I was' never the femnte fatale -Hype, how that I am, Iet¥s%VmSWrV?; aV'least IcaA'talk with all sorts .-of males and not have a single-one of them'suspect I am flirting with them. And, I find, with.my advancing years, people even come to me •for advice 1 •' ' , ,' ',',*<,#'*.' , THERE ,Kf ONLY ONE ALTERNATIVE'.that I know of to growing older and that is to die. I am not re'ady for thafyet. I have not had any premonitions that these are my last, words of philospophy for a waiting world and if • they .are it will certainly, be news to me. But if something should strike me down tomorrow, yOu may be sure I will go reluctantly and with a/huge curiosity as to what is going to r)appen next. You can also be assurr>d that so far\in this, life, I've had a wonderful time I . i,- . ••»**', < , THOSE OF, US WITH THE first parne of Esther, hiiye come in for. quite a bit of "kidding because'of the hurricane'.that'is named for us. Qn my, pmow- this' afternoon when I went io take a short nap was the ncwspaper'vheadline, "Short 'Rest' fpr Esther". All week the kids have been pointing out the items that say Esther is a'big blow or that Esther is at sea,' It is times like this when 1 1 f lei fortunate in having a split personality,-Although Esther would do all'thoSe things like throw rocks at Carolyn Kennedy, Grace never,would! » * ^ * v- * ALL WEEK-END JEANIE; ha* beeii baking cookies. Her object is to send sompi to Bjll'at .scfibpl.sQ-he', will, send her ar», S.U.I. sweatshirt and to send, some with me dowr^thja, church <sq that the minister, the custodian and I can eat them at ourt coffee break. It has been a losing battle because the cookies tend to disappear as fast as Jeanie takes them out of the oven. After making four batches, she finally has Enough stored up for both projects. " .. ••'-•• .'•..• • This week's recipe is for -Jeanje's Cookies; a single batch of five dozen, • • ,, ' % cup shortening ' " : ^ 1 cup brown sugar . ' % cup granulated suger \, 1 egg . V\ cup water ' , 1 teasp. vanilla ', - . 1 cup sifted flour • • . -. 1 teasp, salt • ' ' % teasp. .soda 3 cups quick oatmeal ; .. . . , . . Place shortening, sugars, egg, water and vanilla m a. mixing bowl, beat thoroughly, Sift together flour, salt, and soda; add to the shortening mixture, mixing well, Blend in oats and drop by teaspoons onto greased cooky sheets, Bake in moderate oven, 350 degrees, 12 to 15 minutes, Chocolate chips, chopped nuts, raisins or coconut can be added to the dough. I bought 1 pkg, of spice chips by mistake thinking they were chocolate. Jeanie used tyese with raisins in part of the cookies, and in the others she used chocolate, chips, _ GRACE. Upper Des Moines Publishing Co. REFRESHMENTS COFFEE A.M. To 9 P.M. i See The 1962 Fords • GALAXIES • WAIGONS • TRUCKS Many New Models on Display LUBRICATES ITSELF -30,000 mile chassis lubrication as well as ' c 3ft/OtfCTmne lubrieation for wheel bearings. j CLEAN'S ITS OWN OIL - Goes 6,000 miles between oil changes /" with Ford's Full-Flow oil filter. Extended fuel filter life of 30,000 miles. . ADJUSTS ITS OWN BRAKES - New truck size brakes adjust ; themselves . . . automatically. Your safety is assured because you have full pedal at all times. GUARDS ITS OWN MUFFLER - Ford mufflers are double-wrapped and aluminized. Normally will last three times as long as ordinary mufflers. PROTECTS ITS OWN BODY - All vital underbody parts are especially processed to resist rust and corrosion, even to ^galvanizing the rocker pqnels beneath the doors. TAKES CARE OF ITS OWN FINISH - New Diamond Lustre Finish never needs wax. . RADIATOR COOLANT - InjStaM by the factory and gpod for a normal change interval of 30,'QQO miles or two years. THE FALCON .... No. 1 Selling Compact in the Industry II In 1961, the FALCON recorded the greatest gas mileage ever achieved for any "6" or "8" in the 25-year history of tha Mobile Economy Run. i i i ^ I BUILT-FOR-PEOPLE COMFORT — Gives those extra-big inches of comfort that some of the others "styled out" this year. COMFORT-CONTROLLED RIDE — New softer-acting suspension system and Wide-Tread Design give new riding smoothness, tight-turn control, and straightaway stability like never before. Steering is up to 25% easier, too! POWER PLANTS — A wide variety of power plants and transmission combinations are available , , f 85 to 400 horsepower. i i i i f: i EACH OF THESE MAINTENANCE-FREE FEATURES IS BACKED BY A 12,000 MIIE OR 12 MONTH DEALER WARRANTY.
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