HOW DO YOU SPELL RELIEF?
By Coach Dave Daubenmire
January 27, 2011
R-o-l-a-i-d-s spells relief.
Remember that commercial advertising the anti-stomach acid medication? Whoever wrote that line should be resting quietly in the tropics, enjoy the fruits of having embedded that line in the minds of millions of Americans.
Is it possible to hear the phrase “How do you spell relief” without thinking of Rolaids?
But today, I would like to take a deeper look at the ailment that Rolaids purportedly remedied.
On New Year’s Day I stopped by to visit my 86 year old mother and I could immediately tell that she was not her usually cheerful self. Although she had battled pain her whole life, or at least since our family was broadsided by a drunk driver on May 20, 1950, Mom never let it get her down. She just didn’t think it was necessary to complain about her ailments in front of other people.
To Mom, it makes more sense to encourage others than it does to bring them down. I guess it is from her that I get my cockeyed-optimististic attitude. Today, she is the life of the party at her assisted-living community. “Oh everyone loves Pearl” the residents always say when I am introduced to a new recruit.