To My Friends..
Dr. Jim Dubel
I grew up in the fifties with
practical parents -- a mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil
after she cooked in it, then reused it.
She was the original recycle
queen, before they had a name for it... A father who was happier getting
old shoes fixed than buying new ones.
Their marriage was good,
their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away. I can
see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house
dress, lawn mower in one hand, dish towel in the other.
It was the time for fixing
things -- a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door,
the hem in a dress. Things we keep. It was a
way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing,
reheating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant
affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.
But then my mother died, and
on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was
struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any 'more.'
Sometimes, what we care about
most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So...while we have
it...it's best we love it.....and care for it.....and fix it when it's
broken.....and heal it when it's sick. This is true.....for
marriage.....and old cars.....and children
with bad report cards.....and dogs with bad hips.....and aging
parents.....and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it,
because we are worth it.
Some things we keep. Like a
best friend that moved away -- or -- a classmate we grew up with. There
are just some things that make life important, like people we know who
are special.....and so, we keep them close!
There are people I think of
in the same way. People who love Chiropractic and its principles as much
as I do!
These people that are
"keepers" in your life. Good friends and patients are like stars....You
don't always see them, but you know they are always there
To My Friends,
All My Love, Loyalty and Friendship... Dubel
read this little note written below and See if you can guess the riddle
at the end
We tried so hard to make
things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren,
I'd like better.
I'd really like for them to
know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat
loaf sandwiches. I really would.
I hope you learn humility by
being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.
I hope you learn to make your
own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.
And I really hope nobody
gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.
It will be good if at least
one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.
I hope you get a black eye
fighting for something you believe in.
I hope you have to share a
bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it's all right if you have
to draw a line down the middle of the room, but
when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I
hope you let him.
When you want to see a movie
and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let
I hope you have to walk
uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you
can do it safely.
On rainy days when you have
to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks
away so you won't be seen riding with someone as un-cool
as your Mom.
If you want a slingshot, I
hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.
I hope you learn to dig in
the dirt and read books.
When you learn to use
computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.
I hope you get teased by your
friends when you have your first crush on a boy\girl, and when you talk
back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.
May you skin your knee
climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a
I don't care if you try a
beer once, but I hope you don't like it. And if a friend offers you dope
or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.
I sure hope you make time to
sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.
May you feel sorrow at a
funeral and joy during the holidays.
I hope your mother punishes
you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she
hugs you and kisses you at Hannukah /Christmas
time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.
These things I wish for you -
tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the
only way to appreciate life.
Written with a pen. Sealed
with a kiss. I'm here for you. And if I die before you do, I'll go to
heaven and wait for you.
We secure our friends, not by
accepting favors, but by doing them.
We share the Chiropractic
lifestyle and it's benefits ..but how many times do we overlook taking
care of ourselves ..I hope to see you at New Beginnings this fall ..to
share and believe together in this wonderful profession.
All My Love, Loyalty and
Friendship... Jim Dubel
Can you answer this riddle?
When asked this riddle, 80%
of kindergarten kids got the answer, compared to 17% of Stanford
What is greater than God,
More evil than the devil, The poor have it, The rich need it, And if you
eat it, you'll die?
The answer to the riddle is