Lost Mule Lodge
… a journey that began with a cabin in the woods
“The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.” – Andy Rooney
This Christmas – seek out someone older, take time to talk to them, ask questions, drill down on the details.
When given a chance – you will find the history and knowledge that is incased in the elderly is far beyond anything you learned in a classroom.
I consider myself blessed to call someone from the greatest generation my friend. She is in her mid eighties. The lessons I have learned from her have changed my life.
“You can’t believe everything you think.”
or this one,
“It isn’t up to us to fix everything.”
Go back and read those last lines again. Let them soak in for a minute. I am guessing she may have just changed your life too.
Once I told her I wished she would have been in my life when I was in my 20’s.
She wisely responded,
“You were not ready then.” She’s right… again!
She is soft spoken and slight in frame – she may be easy to overlook in a crowd. When you see her, really see her, what you will find is a woman of brilliance and true grit, A pioneer spirit to be admired.
This Christmas do yourself and your children a favor. Sit down with your elderly Aunt Pearle, Uncle Walt or Grandma & Grandpa and ask them about their life, their first love, the jobs they have had, where they have lived, ask them to tell you a story of growing up, about their siblings & parents – watch their face light up at the thought that you are interested enough to ask.
Ask them about their wedding, their honeymoon, have them tell of a time when they amazed themselves!
If you let them know you are really interested – and ask questions – they will be delighted to relive their glory days.
I have created cards with questions to draw from to get the conversation started.
Two of my favorite questions are –
What is the best advise you didn’t take?
What is the best advise you would give a loved one?
What a great gift for them to know that they have made a bigger contribution to the Christmas gathering
than just making the gravy.
And always remember… your children are watching…
Merry Christmas my friends
each and every one of you!
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