Words For The Classmates
“A Life Long Commitment”
Contributed by Bob & Peggy Graham
[Take it all in - been there, got the shirt and the bag of chips.]
“For all of you who are thinking of
calling it quits and throwing in the towel on your relationships
because everything isn’t “perfect”... here is some food for thought.
Lifelong commitment is not what most people think it is. It's not
waking up every morning to make breakfast and eat together. It's not
cuddling in bed until both of you fall asleep, peacefully, at night.
It's not a clean home filled with laughter and lovemaking every day.
It's someone who steals all the covers. It's slammed doors and a few
harsh words, at times. It’s stubbornly disagreeing and giving each
other the silent treatment until your hearts heal... and then...
forgiveness! It’s coming home to the same person, everyday, that you
know loves and cares about you in spite of, (and because of), who you
are. It's laughing about the one time you accidentally did something
stupid. It's about dirty laundry and unmade beds WITHOUT finger
pointing. It's about helping each other with the hard work of life!
It's about swallowing the nagging words instead of saying them out
loud. It's about eating the cheapest and easiest meal you can make
and sitting down together at 10 p.m. to eat because you both had a
crazy day. It's when you have an emotional breakdown and your Love
lays with you and holds you and tells you everything is going to be
okay... and you BELIEVE them. It's about still loving someone even
though, sometimes, they make you absolutely insane. Living with the
person you love is not perfect... sometimes it's hard; but it's
amazing and comforting and one of the BEST things you'll ever
“More Thoughts About Love” #2
Contributed by Bruce & Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
[Slow down for three minutes to read this!]
A group of professional people posed
this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, “what does love mean?”
The answers they got were broader, deeper, and more profound than
anyone could have ever imagined!
See what you think:
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she
couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore… So my grandfather
does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too.
Billy - age 4
“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne
and they go out and smell each other.”
Rebecca- age 8
“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You
just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
Karl - age 5
“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French
fries without making them give you any of theirs.”
Chrissy - age 6
“Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.”
Terri - age 4
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip
before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.”
Danny - age 8
“Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas - if you stop
opening presents and just listen.”
Bobby - age 7 [Wow!]
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend
who you hate.”
Nikka - age 6 [We need a few million more Nikka's on this planet!]
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it
Noelle - age 7
“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still
friends even after they know each other so well.”
Tommy - age 6
“During my piano recital I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked
at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.”
He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.”
Cindy - age 8
“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else
kissing me to sleep at night.”
Clare - age 6
“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”
”Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is
handsomer than Robert Redford.”
Chris - age 7
“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone
Mary Ann - age 4
“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old
clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.”
Lauren - age 4
“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little
stars come out of you - what an image!”
Karen - age 7
“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think
Mark - age 6
“You really shouldn't say “I love you” unless you mean it. But if you
mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.”
And the final one:
Jessica - age 8
“The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an
elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man
cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto
his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said
to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him
• The Website For The “Fork Home Page” remains:
*if that doesn’t work for you, just contact me at my e-mail address:
or phone (702) 656-1696
• “Connections And Reconnections” (C/R) -
Still remains strong and viable connections for Classmates! Thanks to
C/R, we are able to hear about what has been going on with our
Classmates. Nearly every day I hear from a Classmate wanting to
reconnect with other Classmates.
• “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST -
MQA): - Still Remains one of The Best. Numerous Classmates are
playing each month. You have nothing to lose and money to gain. Take a
chance, you maybe this month’s winner.
MAY’s Quote: "We all go a little mad sometimes."
• Title of Movie and Actor(s) Name(s) required.
MAY’s Answer: “ANTHONY
Winner: Gary Rocklage (8:15 AM / 3 MAY 2018)
» JUNE’S Quote:
daughter!... She's my sister! She's my daughter!
My sister, my daughter... She's my sister and my
» Title of Movie and Actor(s) Name(s) required.
• “The Bucket List (B/L)
Challenge:” - Remains in a deep, deep, deep sleep. Will another
Classmate...” STEP UP?”
*Going on the road is now on hold. I will explain at a later date“
Love, What’s It All About,” Bob
NOW FOR MORE JUNE ARTICLES
To Hell” #3 Contributed
by Edward Dumke [Be ready to join in!]
Parking In China” #4 Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
[An answer to a parking problem.]
From A Pallet” #5
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
[Some good stuff here; who would have thought?]
“I Know You Will Love This -
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[On your mark... get set… go!]
"Lexophile" describes those that have a
love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna
fish," or "To write with a broken pencil is pointless.”
An annual competition is held by
the New York Times to see who can create the best original lexophile.
This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.
No matter how much you push the
envelope, it'll still be stationery.
If you don't pay your exorcist
you can get repossessed.
I'm reading a book about
anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.
I didn't like my beard at
first. Then it grew on me.
Did you hear about the
crossed-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her
When you get a bladder
infection, urine trouble.
When chemists die, they barium.
I stayed up all night to see
where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.
I changed my iPad's name to
Titanic. It's syncing now.
England has no kidney bank, but
it does have a Liverpool .
Haunted French pancakes give me
This girl today said she
recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I'd swear I've never met
I know a guy who's addicted to
drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
A thief who stole a calendar got
When the smog lifts in Los
I got some batteries that were
given out free of charge.
A dentist and a manicurist
married. They fought tooth and nail.
A will is a dead giveaway.
With her marriage, she got a new
name and a dress.
Police were summoned to a
daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
Did you hear about the fellow
whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.
A bicycle can't stand alone;
it's just two tired.
The guy who fell onto an
upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.
He had a photographic memory but
it was never fully developed.
When she saw her first strands
of gray hair she thought she'd dye.
Acupuncture is a jab well done.
That's the point of it.
Those who get too big for their
pants will be totally exposed in the end.
AHHHHH Moment” #7 Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
[Ahhhhh… works well.]
“My Name Is Rose... I’m 87
Years Old. Can I Give You A Hug?”
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[You’re on, Mr. Rocklage!]
The first day of school our professor
introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't
already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my
I turned around to find a
wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up
her entire being.
She said, 'Hi handsome. My name
is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?'
I laughed and enthusiastically
responded, 'Of course you may!' and she gave me a giant squeeze.
'Why are you in college at such
a young, innocent age?' I asked.
She jokingly replied, 'I'm here
to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids...'
'No seriously,' I asked. I was
curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at
'I always dreamed of having a
college education and now I'm getting one!' she told me.
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a
We became instant friends. Every
day for the next three months, we would leave class together and talk
nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this 'time machine' as
she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
Over the course of the year,
Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she
went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed
upon her from the other students. She was living it up.
At the end of the semester we
invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what
she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she
began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five
cards on the floor.
Frustrated and a little
embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, 'I'm sorry
I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing
me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you
what I know.'
As we laughed she cleared her
throat and began, ' We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow
old because we stop playing.
There are only four secrets to
staying young, being happy and achieving success. You have to laugh
and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose
your dreams, you die.
We have so many people walking
around who are dead and don't even know it!
There is a huge difference
between growing older and growing up.
If you are nineteen years old
and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing,
you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and
stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.
Anybody can grow older. That
doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always
finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets.
The elderly usually don't have
regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only
people who fear death are those with regrets.
She concluded her speech by
courageously singing 'The Rose.'
She challenged each of us to
study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year's
end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months
One week after graduation Rose
died peacefully in her sleep.
Over two thousand college
students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who
taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly
When you finish reading this,
please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family,
they'll really enjoy it!
These words have been passed
along in loving memory of ROSE.
REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS
MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get. We
make a Life by what we give.
God promises a safe landing, not
a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
“Good friends are like
stars...you don't always see them, but you know they are always
“Billy Graham’s Son Telling The Sad
Contributed by Edward Dumke
[Never said better!]
Time is like a river. You cannot touch
the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass
again. Franklin Graham was speaking at the First Baptist Church in
Jacksonville, Florida, when he said America will not come back. He
"The American dream ended on
November 6th, 2012. The second term of Barack Obama has been the
final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males
who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the
greatest republic in the history of mankind.
A coalition of blacks, Latinos,
feminists, gays, government workers, union members, environmental
extremists, the media, Hollywood, uninformed young people, the
"forever needy," the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other
"fellow travelers" have ended Norman Rockwell's America.
You will never again outvote
these people. It will take individual acts of defiance and massive
displays of civil disobedience to get back the rights we have allowed
them to take away. It will take zealots, not moderates and shy, not
reach-across-the-aisle RINO's to right this ship and restore our
beloved country to its former status.
People like me are completely
politically irrelevant, and I will probably never again be able to
legally comment on or concern myself with the aforementioned coalition
which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions
without a shot being fired.
The COCKER SPANIEL is off the
front porch, the pit bull is in the back yard The American
Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky's "Rules for
Radicals" and the likes of Chicago shyster David Axelrod along with
international socialist George Soros have been pulling the strings on
their beige puppet and have brought us Act 2 of the New World Order.
The curtain will come down but
the damage has been done, the story has been told.
Those who come after us will
once again have to risk their lives, their fortunes and their sacred
honor to bring back the Republic that this generation has timidly
frittered away due to white guilt and political correctness.
Got the guts to pass it on? You bet I do and just did...IN GOD WE
I Had A Granddaughter, She Would Be This One” #10 Contributed
by Bruce Ahlvin [Nothing needs to be said here, just listen!]
1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today”
#11 Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson [I’m still working on
getting the tire on!]
Moon” #12 Contributed
by Bob Graham
[Tommy Emmanu - what do you think, Bruce?]
Words Used by Women” #13
Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
[Nice one and all the way from N.J.]
Dog Commercials” #14
Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
[I knew you would like the car!]
“A Nice Plus For The June Articles” #15 Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[Ending with a BIG smile!]
“The Wonderful Thing About
Authentic Photos” #16 Contributed by Edward Dumke
[They often render words unnecessary.]
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY
TO ALL “JUNE” CLASSMATES!
JUNE 2018 - “NATIONAL FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES MONTH” - DATES TO
1. Dare Day - Flip a coin Day - National Doughnut Day.
2. National Bubba Day - National Rocky Road Day.
3. Repeat Day - Repeat Day - National Trails Day.
4. Hug Your Cat Day - National Cheese Day - Old Maid’s Day.
5. Hot Air Balloon Day - World Environment Day.
6. D-Day, WWII - National Gardening Exercise Day - National Yo-Yo Day.
7. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day - VCR Day.
8. Best Friends Day - World Ocean Day - Name Your Poison Day.
9. Donald Duck Day - National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day.
10. Ball Point Pen Day - Iced Tea Day - Herb and Spices Day.
11. National Corn on the Cob Day.
12. National Jerky Day - National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.
13. Sewing Machine Day - National Weed Your Garden Day.
14. Flag Day - Monkey Around Day -
Aragon Graduation in 1964 [#54 YEARS AGO TODAY]
15. Smile Power Day - Global Wind Day.
16. Fresh Veggies Day - World Juggler's Day.
17. Father's Day - Eat Your Vegetables Day.
18. Go Fishing Day - International Panic Day - National Splurge Day.
19. Juneteenth - National Kissing Day - World Sauntering Day.
20. Ice Cream Soda Day - National Bald Eagle Day.
21. Go Skate Day - International Yoga Day - Finally Summer Day /
22. National Chocolate Eclair Day - Take Your Dog to Work Day
23. National Columnists Day - National Pink Day.
24. Swim a Lap Day.
25. Log Cabin Day - National Catfish Day.
26. Forgiveness Day - National Canoe Day - Beautician's Day.
27. Sun Glasses Day.
28. International Body Piercing Day - Paul Bunyan Day.
29. Hug Holiday - Camera Day - International Mud Day - Waffle Iron
30. Meteor Day.
Thank You - Thank You - Thank You for all the assistance and
loyalty in keeping the Monthly “Keep Your Fork... ‘64” Newsletter’s
ability to print the latest information and news, (from all sides
available), to our Classmates, Family and Friends.
We will all be together once
again, next month for our July 2018 - K.Y.F...’64 Newsletter. If you
have never sent in or suggested a topic - try it one time and you will
be hooked... take a chance and give it a try.