Friday, October 23, 2009

He Has a Story Worth Hearing

I find older people, elders, from all societies charming. Perhaps, it is the wealth of information they have with a life well lived. Maybe it is the twinkle in their eyes that says I have a secret to tell you, would you visit with me a spell... I could sit for hours just listening to their stories of time passed.

Our neighbor, Frank is a retired biologist is someone who's stories have entertained me for sometime. He lives alone since his wife died a few years ago, and he is in his eight decade. Although his body is failing him, his mind is still as sharp as a whip.

He is a person who possess a wealth of fascinating bits of information, taking us on trips to Africa, Fiji, and up to the Arctic, with his stories from our dinner table. We never having to leave the dinner table to experience tales from far away places. Since his wife died a few years ago, he has graciously accepted our invitation to join us for Sunday dinners at least once a month. My son, who is 11 sometimes listens passively, but I know that those stories have an impact on him.

Elders from all societies have a desire to be appreciated and acknowledged. All they want is respect and validation that they are continuing to make a valuable contribution to society. In a way, the stories they tell us are a contribution and it is worth acknowledging. In fact, when you think about it, they are telling stories not just of their generation but past generations as well. A history lesson that is worth paying attention to. No matter what the experienced shared, if you take the time and sit down to tea with an elder, you will undoubtedly be enriching both your lives.

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4 comments:

f8hasit said...

I AGREE!
Last evening I went to visit a friend of mine. Clancy Shaffer. He's in his centurian year...next September he'll be 100.

He's the oldest person still alive that was in the 1921 Olympics.

HE'S got some stories.
And I like listening.
:-)

DUTA said...

The elderly are a walking enyclopedia, and listening to their stories can indeed be very enriching.

I once knew an old , simple person who didn't sound very clever to me ,but his life experiences and the way he described them always fascinated me and gave food to my thoughts.

Your attitude towards the retired biologist is very friendly and neighbourly, and it sets a good example to your young boy.

Angelina said...

Hi Nancy,

Imagine Clancy life spans Morse-code to text messaging. The stories he tells must be so amazing, how fortunate you are to know him. You should video him next time you see him. This is absolutely amazing.

Greetings Duta,

I agree, having Frank over for dinner is a good example for my son because these experiences exposes him to a grandfatherly person. It also teaches him empathy and compassion because although Frank's mind is vibrant, he has trouble with his mobility.

Makk said...

I second you on this.

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