“Honey, did you remember to set the security?”    

“Yes, I set it,”  Hubby replies.

“How about the alarm clock?”      

“It’s set.”

“Have you set your heart beat to last through our sleeping time?  Maybe you need to set it for 12 hours just in case we oversleep.”

  Giggling we turn off the light and climb into bed.


Well, not really.  But what if?   Amazing!  That little muscle begins its beat about six months before one is born and generally continues about eighty years with only an occasional thought for its welfare.

Mine almost made the eighty years before it had to be “man-handled.”  Sometimes as I lay my head on the pillow I hear the lub-DUB, lub-DUB, lub-DUB.  Now wouldn’t it be ungrateful of me to be irritated!  No, I move the pillow in such a way that I hear it less, and am generally consumed with thankfulness.

Where is the aorta valve in the picture above? I don’t know.  But I know at one time some doctor took out my damaged valve and replaced it with a metal valve.  What an accomplishment of skill for that doctor; what a boon for me!

Shortly after God created male and female, he said, “Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the (fish, bird, all living things)… Genesis 1:28.”  “Subdue the earth – rule over all living things” What a grand plan was put into operation at that time!

I’m just being thankful for the achievements that can be made man with the authority and brains given by God.  Thank you to the brilliant, dedicated people who work so hard to bring good to the world.  Thank you, God, for making it possible.




About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. a humbling reminder of the most taken for granted organ of the body, a muscle that beats around the clock, 24/7 for 80 plus years, give or take.
    That is, until something goes wrong….
    And how much of a wonder that man has figured out how to help it out in a variety of ways!! I so am glad that you were manhandled 🙂

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    So glad he provided good doctors for you. I’m happy we’ve gotten to know each other.

  3. calensariel says:

    As of a month ago I have a new appreciation for hearts after having to have mine stopped for a few seconds to get a picture of what the top and bottom chambers were doing! I now know what a heart attack feels like!

    • oneta hayes says:

      I hope you are fully recovered, but take it easy on the “ticker.” I’ve been reading your articles about various writers. I’ve learned a lot. Hope you keep them going.

  4. artseafartsea says:

    “Old age is not for sissies”, is what my mother used to say. And I can attest to that. Glad to be here for whatever amount of time I have left. “Thank God for the cardiologists”, is all I can say.

  5. luckyjc007 says:

    Yes, it is a true blessing that God has given the talent to those that help repair our bodies. I often think about all the things that can go wrong in the human body and so thankful that so many parts can be replaced or repaired!

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