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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: February 2, 2012

Persistence

Persistence takes many forms.

Not all persistent behavior is human or mortal!

Three days ago, I readjusted a picture in the bathroom. It was a present from my cousin, Maury the artist, and it kept tipping over until it was askew. It would disturb my equilibrium every time I encountered it. Just a little tip at the bottom right edge would align it properly. But three days later it was obstinately crooked again. Was I fighting an unknown devil who was trying to torture me?

Speaking of constant, dogged forces, I must declare the will of my grandchild Alexander. Even though he is two-and-a-half years old, when he takes your hand and wants to direct you someplace, you had better go. He will not release your hand until you follow him to his destination. He is very strong for his age and he will win out eventually.

Around June every year, the newspapers are always printing the story and showing the picture of a septuagenarian, or an 80-, 90-year-old in a mortarboard graduation hat at a college graduation. While most of the graduating class is in their early 20s, this elderly person signifies persistence and perseverance. We are all struck by his/her tenacity and the story that goes with the tasseled hat.

The expression of “being married to a stock” is an often-used Wall Street quotation. A person hears what they think is a favorable story and they purchase the stock or mutual fund. As the years go by and the selection lingers in the same area, the person becomes stubborn and doesn’t jettison the poor choice. They become “married” to the stock. This is just a dogged, immovable stance to not admit a wrong selection.

My wife always travels the same route even though it may be longer.

Can my wonderful readers think of any other tales of persistence and indefatigable stands that people have entered into and won’t think of changing?

Either email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mail me at: Stanley Greenberg, c/o Syosset-Jericho Tribune, 132 E. 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501

P.S. Go Giants!