Informative, and General Reading
A Tribute To Rose
Lovely Rose at 87
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to
know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand
touched my shoulder.
I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile
that lit up her entire being. She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm
eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?"
I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!"
She gave me a giant squeeze.
"Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked.
She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a
couple of kids..."
"No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on
this challenge at her age.
"I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she told
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.
We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class
together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this "time machine"
as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends
wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed
upon her from the other students. She was living it up.
At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll
never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As
she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the
Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply
said, "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing
me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know."
As we laughed, she cleared her throat and began:
"We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.
There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You
have to laugh and find humor every day. You have got to have a dream. When you lose
your dreams, you die.
We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it! There is a
huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old
and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn
twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never
do anything I will turn eighty-eight.
Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any
talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.
Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather
for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets."
She concluded her speech by courageously singing "The Rose."
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.
At the year's end, Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years
One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand
college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by
example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.
Remember, growing older is mandatory. Growing up is optional.
We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
"Good friends are like stars.........You don't always see them, but you know they are
Living Life to the Fullest?
Many people are worried about dying. Their worry can keep them from
fully enjoying life in the present. But for other people, the
knowledge that they will die someday actually motivates them to live
Stray Thoughts On Gerontology
Managing old age is a social as well as personal problem. Societies have to find ways of caring for the aged. Each individual must prepare to live through the evening of one's life. And lastly one must also prepare for the final sunset.
Take Care of Yourself and Be Your Own Expert
We give up paying attention to the practical needs of our body, mind and spirit because we think itís all too difficult and complicated. And in some ways it is, because thatís the way itís presented to us.
Now That's God
I am writing this in honor the memory of my beautiful Billy, who was taken from me much
too soon... But not before showing me the true face of God, in a
little, sunburned body.
A Random Moment
A grieving mother recollects her son who has left her with a rich legacy of beautiful thoughts.