Spending Time With the Elderly

I recently met the most charming lady at a newcomers dinner our church holds once a month.

When it was time to introduce ourselves to the group and tell a few facts about our lives, she revealed that she was married to her husband for 70 years and 4 months (!) before he died recently. She added that he forbade her to attend church during their marriage and threatened that she would be sorry if she did.

She is now finally able to attend church freely, and is there every time she can be. She ended her introduction by saying, “If any young person is thinking of marrying someone who is not a Christian, I have a few things to tell them!”

I knew right then I wanted to hear more about her life, and I wanted my children to as well. When I made a beeline over to her to ask if I could bring some of my children to meet her, she was thrilled!

We went this week and learned so much from this firecracker of a lady! Here’s a recap of what she taught us:

  • 90 year olds can still mow their own lawns.
  • 90 year olds still get excited about their upcoming birthday parties.
  • Every strong, country woman keeps a hoe by the back door. Snakes, ya know.
  • If you kill a snake and hang it on your backyard fence, it will rain that evening. (In case you thought this was just an old wives tale.)
  • Marrying a soldier 20 days after Pearl Harbor Day is not a good idea.
  • Children these days need their mothers to make homemade dinners.
  • Old quilts can not handle being laundered.
  • Big bass can swallow baby ducks whole.

I am spending more time with this sweet lady later this month, and I can’t wait to learn more from her!

Here is a video of her talking about her father being on the front lines of The Battle of Champagne in World War I, Indian raids, stagecoaches, and rodeos. (Email readers may need to click to the blog to see the video.)

I hope you expose your kids to plenty of people like this dear, sweet lady. There is so much history, and courage, and compassion, and tenacity to learn! Read more about how we keep our kids connected to the older generations here.

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  1. Jacqueline says:

    It’s so nice to read something in which the elderly are honored. So often they are looked down on a bit because they are behind on technology, or perhaps felt sorry for because of all they cannot do any more. I think it’s neat to read about a way in which an elderly person is being valued precisely because she is elderly and has so much to share with the world.

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      I meant to put this in my post, but forgot until you mentioned it. She told us for her 80th birthday she took a computer skills class. She wanted to “keep up”!

  2. What a neat lady! And I bet your children were just about as thrilled as you were with the visit!

  3. Thank you for the encouragement! For awhile I was taking our children to see an older lady that used to go to church with us. We haven’t been in awhile. Her health is declining steadily and it’s so sad to see her like that. But just this morning my husband was encouraging me to go visit her today. How timely! Thank you again. It is so important for us to treasure the elderly among us. They have so much to teach us!

  4. I could listen to her stories all day! Visiting with her would be better than any history lesson given in today’s world.

  5. So much can be learned from the ‘older’ generation, but the ‘kids’ just can’t get away from the technology long enough to listen and learn. I grew up in an older family being the next to youngest of my generation. I remember sitting around the dining room table just listening to all thestories. I sure miss those times and love to pass on my ‘memories’ to my grandkids. What a treasure you have found! Enjoy her and her memories as long as you can!

  6. Heather Wawa says:

    I loved listening to this! I was just thinking about an elderly couple from our church this morning whose health is declining. Was thinking about taking the kids to visit them and bringing something for them to eat. Your story is timely!!

  7. There is an elderly lady from our church that I visit reguarly–used to be once or twice a month, but I go almost every week these days. I bring her “treats” from time to time, donuts or soup or even fresh vegetables this time of the year. Sometimes I can tell she isn’t feeling well and I cut my visit short, but I try not to miss a week, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time. It doesn’t take much just to check in and make sure everything is ok. She has family, but I think it does her good to see someone outside the family from time to time, too!

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