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    Here's one I received in e-mail today. My grandmother's name was Rose, so I thought I'd pass it on, for what it's worth.

    > >
    > > >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!" and 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,
    > > > 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 me.
    > > > >
    > > > >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 floor. 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've 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
    > > > the
    > > > >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
    > > > >ago.
    > > > >
    > > > >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.
    > > > >
    > > > >When you finish reading this, please send this
    > > > peaceful word of advice
    > > > to
    > > > >your friends and family, they'll really enjoy it!
    > > > These words have
    > > > been
    > > > >passed along in loving memory of ROSE.
    > > > >
    > > > >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.

  • #2
    that's a sweet story Ed, thanks for sharing that. thats an interesting point it makes.

    - David

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    • #3
      That is touching Ed.
      DJ

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      • #4
        ...for what it's worth...
        ..well, Ed...I think this is worth a lot particularly, as David says, for the point it makes!!!!

        Thanks for sharing it!!!

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