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Conversations between teens & the elderly
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Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
Several weeks ago a group of eight teenagers visited a local retirement home. Instead of chess and checkers it was conversation between teenagers and the elderly.

The subjects varied. One main subject were memories. Owan, a successful contractor, said “Memories are having roses in December.”

Travel was also discussion. Luigi, a resident Italian, said he goes to Palermo once a year to put flowers on the grave of Benito Mussolini.

A teenager of Chinese ancestry, told of his visits to China, because they make better fortune cookies.

Joe, a retired machinist, on the subject of wisdom,  said that wisdom is knowledge tempered with judgment.

Aging was also discussed. Rose, a former computer expert made the observation that as we get old the beauty steals inward. I believe the thought is from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

One of the final subjects was love and marriage. Luigi’s contribution to the conversation on a successful marriage was falling in love many times with the same person. When the teenagers departed, one young, pretty girl, said to no one in particular, joie de viven, French for meaning the joy of living.
Irving S. Shaw
Feb. 15, 2010