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For All The Young At Heart Such As.......

Discussion in 'Humor' started by Dusty, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. For All The Young At Heart Such As.......

    > 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, 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 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
    > 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.
  2. So bittersweet.

    Beautiful, Dusty,
    Thank You~


    "We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because
    we stop playing."

  3. Hey Violet ..... I like that ....
    I think that will have to become my theme song.

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