|A Pace Odyssey
My mother works with Hospice, an agency that helps the elderly. I was able to meet one of her clients, that turned 100 years old earlier this year. I wrote her a happy birthday letter in June,l ,because I was just amazed by her age and was curious of any advice she may be able to give me. She was impressed by the small amount of kindness I showed, and told my mom when she gave it to her that she wanted to meet me. After having my busy summer, I was able to go to Challis in August to meet this woman, Agnes. She is actually in amazing health for her age, but does have a glass eye, and is half blind in the other, but she is still kicking, walking, and is mainly independent. She talked to me about her stories, about her three husbands, her son, her experiences in the military, her ideas on racism, and I was easily able to tell she was one firecracker in her younger days. She showed me her thousands and thousands of stamps in her collections, and old photographs as well, she spoke to me about all the death she has seen and hurt from all around her. Then I finally asked her for what I had gone there for, if she had any life advice for me.
Now, before I continue with what this lady told me, my question for you is how would you feel if you lived to be one hundred years old? Does this sound appealing to you? How do you think you could do with the changes of society around you? What positive and negative things would come with being an entire century in age?
Secondly, I want you to consider the advice she gave me, process it, and then say whether or not you agree with it, why (of course), and any other thoughts and comments on it.
I wrote all the responses she gave me in my notes, so these are quotes from Agnes herself.
When asked for life advice, she told me:
"Attitude is important"
" Accept everyone." She told me soon after, "regardless of race"
"Don't let anyone encourage you to do anything you don't want to do."
" You don't have to dress up or have hair like anyone else."
"Do not take anything from any boy."
And my personal favorite, " Be friends with everyone, you'll learn a lot about the world."
I also asked if she believed in love, she told me yes, then replied with "respect.", and that was all I got out of her for that topic.
This was a pretty amazing experience for me, and I recommend and encourage all of you to ask your grandparents, great grandparents, or other elderly people you may know for a touch of life advice. You'll learn an grow more than you think sometimes.