Saturday, October 31, 2009

Yogiism #?

Julia, my 6th child, is fond of playing tennis. She happily joins Dad every Friday morning at the SLU courts to play with the "ol' guys group". Rick happened upon them years ago, discovering that they meet 2-3 times weekly. When we bought a family pass to use the local university facility, he decided to join them on Fridays and Julia tags along (they are actually pretty impressed with her playing - she is aggressive and quick!)

Julia's new partner is Ruth, a 75 year old woman with some pretty savvy tennis tricks up her sleeves. Julia has enjoyed playing with her a great deal. Wondering where such good skills came from, Julia asked her if she had taken lessons. She then unraveled her childhood story as a daughter of missionaries in British colonial India. She had been sent to boarding school up in the mountainous region where they played tennis everyday and hiked every Saturday. Pretty romantic saga, eh? Julia was mesmerized as her thoughts flew to stories such as "A Little Princess" and such.

My comment right about then? "It's great to hear older folks' stories, isn't it? Some of them have lived a long time!"

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen! How wonderful and how sad that we, too often, discredit the "older" generation! They have MUCH to share and we have MUCH to learn from them! My mother has 9 children, with 35 grandchild/great grandchildren, (you'll be there before you know it, Darlene!) and the grandkids LOVE to hear all about her years growing up, especially since she was born during the depression! How sweet for Julia to be able to have this interaction and blessing!! We need to have our children around these 'beautiful' older people more often!! They have much to teach us all! God bless!

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