A piece of tape on the bottom of a shoe can make life’s road less slippery.
The importance of accessorizing. A pompom on the top of a baseball cap can make any woman feel like a lady and a small peacock feather tucked into the band of a fedora hat can make you dressed for any occasion.
How a special rhyme such as, “Gina Lea, pretty as can be” can help form your perception of self-worth.
How a long walk down a gravel road can make all the difference in the world.
That milk doesn’t always come in jars.
Work-rough hands can often disguise a tender heart.
Life is fragile and often needs special care just like baby chicks under a light bulb in the dark corner of a basement.
That a birthday gift can sometimes take the form of a spanking, administered with a gentle hand, a laughing voice and smiling eyes.
Some indulgences are best enjoyed when delivered in privacy such as candy orange slices tucked in the palm of a hand and shared in the corner of the kitchen.
The world is right in the eyes of a child if they can hear adult conversation and laughter coming from folding chairs underneath a shade tree.
The best cologne is sometimes a combination of fresh dirt, hard work, and rain.
Although not time efficient, the best ride can be in the back of a truck, on the seat of a tractor, in the loop of a towel or given on a denim-covered, bony knee.
Items look more impressive when displayed in collections such as ceramic cats on a hearth, children gathered for a reunion, marbles in a jar or walnuts in a bucket.
That while hard work and routine can’t be underestimated, neither can love and affection.
The fun of bouncing on a knee to the tune of "Yankee Doodle."
A bowl of vanilla ice cream at the end of a long day can cure what ails you.
Often the best way to gain perspective is to climb up in a barn loft or to the top of a cherry tree.
The most comforting sound is that of adults talking from the other side of a bedroom door as sleep is settling in.
The enjoyment and pleasure that can come from learning poetry such as “I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me" and “The fog comes on little cat feet."
The inconvenience of being awakened by a rooster and hearing the story retold over and over as “That ol’ wooster woke me up.”
A crooked index finger pointing the way outside can often lead you to new and worthwhile adventures.
The best light of the day is often the sunlight filtering through the wooden slats of a barn.
That every birth, no matter how many have come before, is reason for excitement.
That Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is best sung in a high and gravelly voice and in a repetitive fashion.
A picture window is best for seeing who is coming from far away down a long, gravel road.
Presentation is everything. Cookies are best served from a multicolored tin canister, Kool-Aid from colored, metal cups, and macaroni and tomatoes on a melamine plate.
That the important things in life grow best with time, patience and a little hard work.
No matter where you live or how far away you’ll go, all the places to love are always close to home.