When Is a Test Only a Test?

What does the above sentence mean? I have always been fascinated with various quotes and what they mean. Most definitions or comments pertaining to this statement have religious connotations. Seeing that my style of writing stays away from two subjects, namely religion and politics, I prefer to go with a quote by Tom Bodett (remember him – the Motel 6 guy – “We’ll leave the light on for you!”), who said:

“In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”

Isn’t that what we face every day – new lessons. The secret is to learn from them which in many cases we do. True, in some instances, we wish we would have known the outcome before-hand but where’s the fun in that.

Believe it or not, at age seventy-seven, I am still learning and it is comical (shame on me) at times to watch our children or even others go through the process of learning some of life’s simple lessons.  You want to share your knowledge of the subject involved and many times do. But, sometimes it is best to keep one’s mouth shut and let them learn for themselves.

While it pains me to see my children go through some of life’s lessons – how shall I put it –  sometimes it is for the best. If you are like me, we seniors learn early on, life is much simpler without confrontation and family confrontations. While they do happen, fact is they aren’t the most fun things to go through.

At our age, the only test I want to take anymore, is the one that I take every morning – that of searching the obituaries to see if my name is there. If it is not, well – the lesson I learned for the day is that I have one more day to get it right!

Until next time!

5 thoughts on “Where is the Fun in That?

  1. Life lesson will always be there and we will always be learning and that is so important. Family confrontation really rip our hearts out i feel, they are the worst of the worse things in life.

  2. I’m glad you are still learning at age 77, Irv. I plan to do the same. With more time available, what else do we have to do, right? It is hard having learned valuable lessons not to share it with our younger loved ones, but I’ve found unsolicited advice is not well taken. *sigh* Now I know how my parents felt.

    1. Thanks. Can I ask a favor…. would you mind using Irwin when replying. My dad’s name was also Irwin and he used to answer to “Irv” and it didn’t set well with me. Just something from my past that drives me batty. Hope I am not offending you but if I do not bring it up, how else would you know. And you are right – why stop learning just because we are getting old. I love learning new things and read just about everything I lay my hands on.

      1. I’m so glad you told me about the name thing, Irwin! I don’t know where I picked up Irv as your nickname. I work hard to be careful to not nickname someone without permission. Keep reading and learning, my friend!

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