6 months ago
Friday, February 26, 2010
It's been a very long time since I had a photo Friday, plus I wanted an excuse to post this adorable picture of Joseph. He's awesome. Even though he has dementia and often doesn't know where he is or why, he told me a story recently about getting shot in World War II and his subsequent year-long stay in a German hospital. In great detail, I might add. He's an amazing person and the conversation reminded me how important it is that we listen to our elder's stories.
There is a proverb that says "every time an old person dies, a library burns to the ground." That couldn't be more true. Our old people have seen and experienced so many things that most of us cannot even fathom. If you have an old person in your life...engage them in a conversation. Ask them about something from their past. Really listen to them. Not only will you make their day, but you'll learn something, too.
p.s. Record your conversations. It's the cheapest priceless keepsake you could ever have.