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Talking with elderly men and women

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    In Platos' The Republic Socrates says:

    Do you agree with Socrates?

    Do you like to talk with elderly men and women. Why "yes" or "no."(Let's include women in this discussion)

     
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    I enjoy history very much. Sure I can read something in a book, but to talk to a man who actually lived thur it, and then the opportunity to actually ask him questions - and receive a "first person" answer.

    Wow - that is a true education!
     
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    It doesn't seem like a good idea to talk to yourself, but I do enjoy hearing from young chaps and girls.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Jim, next time you come to Syracue, lets sit down over a glass of Mountain Dew and talk about the good-old day! We can meet up at Heids for a good ole Coney
     
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    I enjoy talking to the elderly. As a history buff, it's so interesting to hear their stories and learn from their lives and experiences.

    Recently, I decided to change my grocery shopping day to Monday and I was pleased to find the store full of elderly folks on Monday mornings. We chat in the aisles and they are so patient and happy--a far cry from the hurried, rude young people who fill the stores on Saturdays.

    The elderly have so much wisdom we can learn from if we would only take the time to listen. I especially like to hear stories from those who grew up during the Great Depression and WWII. It's important to know our history, because history repeats itself.
     
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    I've taught for the past 14 years in the Senior Adult department. I began teaching these women when they were between 72 - 81 and now they are all between 86 - 95.

    It's been a blessing untold. I've learned so much from them and they are a "hoot". They serve the Lord and have served their families. Only two of them still have their husbands.

    We've lost well more than a dozen members to death and about half a dozen to Alzheimer's and the nursing home. The lessons that I have learned from them are absolutely invaluable.

    And yes, talking to them is a source of joy for me.
     
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    I have found as I move along my life journey....old people start about 25 years beyond my current age...:thumbs:
     
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    Most definitely. That started from the time I can remember. I was an odd child who actually listened to adults and as an adult one of the first things I did was begin working in nursing homes, where I got to hear story after story and learn quite a bit.

    It's nowhere near what it was even ten years ago though. Now the elderly are busy online or taking care of grandkids cuz their kids can't and there's not many who take joy in having someone sit there and hear them out. They don't want to share like they used to. I don't really bother to ask advice of my elders the last couple years because they don't have time anymore.
     
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    Come sit. I'll tell you my stories. I'll take time. :wavey:
     
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    I'd love to! If my daughter's school hadn't canceled 4th year French classes she'd probably be going to France this year and of course I'd have had to go with her, then we could have hopped a plane over.

    So what's it like in Prague? What's the why and how of you being there? :D
     
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    Presently reading "Philosophy 101 By Socrates" by Peter Kreeft. An easy read. Sounds like St Paul if not Jesus read Socrates.
     
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    Yes, there are similarities. In chapel yesterday the dean of academics led. The scripture was from Peter. He said that Peter uses the same phrase as Homer in one of the verses. Perhaps Peter had read Homer or someone had quotes Homer to him. The disciples did not live in isolation.
     
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