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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 2, 2011 -" , IN THE WORDS OF THE LATE Submitted by S&l Giarratani If you will take the time to read these. I promise you'll come away with an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis: They're written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy... l've learned ... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. l've learned ... That when you're in love, it shows. l've learned ... That just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!" makes my day. I've learned ... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. l've learned ... That being kind is more important than being right. I've learned ... That you should never say no to a gift from a child. l've learned ... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way. l've learned ... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with. l've learned ... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand. l've learned ... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult. rye learned ... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. l've learned ... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for. rve learned ... That money doesn't buy class. l've learned ... That it's those small daily happen- ings that make life so spectacular. l've learned ... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved. l've learned ... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts. l've learned ... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you. I've learned ... That love, not time, heals all wounds. l've learned ... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am. l've learned ... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile: l've learned ... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them. rve learned ... That life is tough, but I'm tougher. l've learned ... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. rve learned ... That when you harbor bitterness, hap- piness will dock elsewhere. I've learned ... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away. l've learned ... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them. I've learned ... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. l've learned ... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life. rye learned ... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it. l've learned ... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done. EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE ms NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. General Advertisements * Sales and Rentals Memorials * Legals ADVERTISING WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE Holds 49th Annual Christmas Parade by Sal Giarratani Here's a great shot of Sal Giarratani (left) and US Senator Scott Brown down in Wollaston Center. On the Sunday following Thanksgiving Day, many communities south of Bos- ton hold grand Christmas Pa- rades but none can match the parade that marches down Hancock Street from the Church of the Presidents to North Quincy High School. This year's 49th annual pa- rade was bigger and better than ever and with high temps, it was one of the warmest in history for the City of Quincy. There were veterans, high school bands, floats, politi- cians. Don't forget those classic cars, the Corvette club, Model Ts, fire trucks, police cars, clowns and so much more. The sidewalks were lined from one end of Hancock to the other end. The line of march began with about 25 motorcycle cops from Quincy and sur- rounding communities flash- ing their lights and sound- ing their sirens. The parade ended with Santa riding tiller on Quincy's Ladder 5. The Quincy Christmas Parade is the tradition to observe ev- ery Sunday after Thanks- giving. This year's parade will long be remembered. As the Annual Quincy Christmas parade passed by Wollaston Center, everyone noticed the sign for free hot dogs and soda at Boston Premier Properties on Hancock Street. Phil Ragusa is the owner of the place and is seen here with his father and son. Three generations of Phil Ragusa(s). The older Phil grew up in Boston's North End with my cousin Sal Giarratani now of Beachmont. 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