National Senior Citizens Day

By August 22, 2014Senior Care News

National Senior Citizens Day

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It’s National Senior Citizen’s Day and I couldn’t let the day go by without celebrating the most influential person of my youth – a senior – my great-grandma, Nen. Okay, her real name was Princess (yes, her mother really named her Princess) but everyone called her Nen. To the very young, she was Nen Nen. I’m not sure where that name came from, but whenever I think of it, it makes me feel warm, safe and loved – so I’m going to say Nen is one of the greatest names ever given.

Nen was known for her wisdom and sage advise on everything under the sun – don’t get me wrong, she wasn’t obnoxiously opinionated, but she had the best opinions on any topic you could think of! Folks were always coming to Nen for her advice. So to honor her memory, and to celebrate her aged wisdom, here are some wise tidbits I overheard in my childhood, that has stood the test of time – on child-rearing – Train Up a child in the way he should go and when he grows old, he will not depart from it. I heard this so many times from her, that I thought she made it up herself!

On money- a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, okay so she wasn’t much of a risk taker, her mattress was her bank and she didn’t buy anything she couldn’t pay for in-full. On peer-pressure…. follow this link, someone reminiscing as I am, posted this entire poem to YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcOC2mPUhR0. It’s about a parrot who followed crows to his own downfall, my kids gave me a quizzical look when I showed it to them – Queen’s English threw them for a loop – but it sure kept me on the straight path, I didn’t want to end up like that old parrot!

Age and wisdom often go together, which is why sitting with a senior person could be the antidote we all need, as we careen down this road we call Life. So today, okay, it’s almost 10pm right now (I had to put the kids to bed first)  so maybe tomorrow, sit with a senior citizen and talk, no agenda, just start with, “what’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned in your life-time?” If you’re fortunate enough to have a family member who’s a senior, start there, you may just open a window into your family history, that would empower you with a greater sense of purpose, satisfaction and a wealth of wisdom.

Enjoy your senior family members while they are still with you, learn from them, spend time with them, and remember, if you live long enough, you’ll be a senior too.

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