3 11 2007


A wonderful story for any age…..

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 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,
have a couple of children, and then retire and travel.”

“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 share 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 the 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 years 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.

1. You are never too old to learn.
2. Laugh and find humor everyday .
3. Don’t let change overwhelm you, let change help you find
opportunities you may have never seen!

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.
– James Dean


Do you have a dream, a wish, then turn it into a goal today – break it
down, take one step, then another and accomplish your dream.
– Catherine Pulsifer

Comments: (from another blog)

God never give you His dreams without knowing you will succeed!!! (((((BIG HUGS)))))!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday August 28, 2007 – 08:23pm (EDT)
Deant… I like the quote by Catherine Pulsifer…

Tuesday August 28, 2007 – 08:34pm (EDT)
Wilma… WHat a beautiful entry! My 9 year old son loved it too, he was sad she died after the graduation though. My granny always said she regreted all the things she didn’t do in her life, she always wanted to learn to swim but never got rid of her phobia to deep water.

Tuesday August 28, 2007 – 10:04pm (ADT)
Doc Oh this is such a beautiful Story and im so very happy that you shared it with friends and hopefully family as well, I am going to copy and paste this and share it in my blog too thanks so much, you are a very Good hearted person and im glad to be able to read your blogs thank you again HUGGS

Tuesday August 28, 2007 – 08:15pm (CDT)
Tony H Man I love the last few of your blogs!!!! Booyah!

Tuesday August 28, 2007 – 08:06pm (MST)

Wednesday August 29, 2007 – 01:45am (CDT)
Mimi What a beautiful story, I’m going to share it with my students if you allow me.

Wednesday August 29, 2007 – 10:43am (BST)
M.K–… Iam a small girl from a small country who had dreams.Dreams don’t come true unless you put them in action.i told my mom that one day i will fly planes and see nodded her head. 4 years ago i sent her my certificate and told her,mission accomplished.

Wednesday August 29, 2007 – 11:36am (CDT)
M¥§Ti… Beautifully profound message wrapped in such a sweetly entertaining tale.
Thank you for sharing it, Clary *hugs*

Thursday August 30, 2007 – 06:06am (EDT)
[dele… What a beautiful post that brought a ton of smiles, this was so cute:

“She was
living it up.”



I LOVE seeing spunk and life in the elderly…

Thursday August 30, 2007 – 02:56pm (PDT)



3 responses

3 11 2007

Hi Clary,

That was great! You have a very nice blog.

~Sandy G.

3 11 2007

This is a brilliant story that everyone should live by. People are too afraid to realise their dreams nowadays.

4 11 2007

Thanks for your visit and comments. Yes, they are wise words indeed. A lot of us are just like she said, dead because we’ve lost our dreams. Keep on dreaming!

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