I have to say I find this all a bit trivial because I say good on them for taking life slow. Sucking it all in, and enjoying what a state with so much to offer.
Why want to race around like a Sydneysider, stressing yourself out when maybe you’re living the dream already? A dream millions of non Australians would die for? And do for a lot less.
Same could be said for us, although that’s not my point. My point is that I truly admired the Queensland governments ‘forward’ initiative to officially celebrate Grandparents Day annually.
The idea, although might not be totally originally be theirs – having been
introduced in 1978 in the United States by then President Jimmy Carter – is one that I thoroughly applaud.
Although not speaking for every individual Australia, who there are many who obviously ‘get it’ but I think society all too often only looks at the ‘perceived’ negative aspects of old age in society.
We run around worshipping the young, and even treat them as gifted purely because they understand technology so much better than many of us.
But why is it that we think that technology is the only thing to aspire to?
Why do we think that technology is going to create such a wonderful future?
I remember when I lost my only grandmother, Harriet several years back. Not only was she one of the true hero’s and great loves of my life, but once she was gone, I realised she had left a much bigger, gaping hole in my life than I’d ever realised would be the case.
I suddenly thought to myself, “Oh my goodness, I have no (excuse the expression) old people in my life! I am cut off in a sense to lessons and stories from the past.” Lessons and stories that will surely enrich our future lives.
This truly rattled me and to this day I still wonder what I should do about this dilemma, because I do not want to only rely on the thoughts and wisdom, of people my own age. Or even just my parents.
I want to keep learning about what life was like long before I arrived here. I think it’s essential to make well-rounded views of how life could and should be.
I was reading the words from then President Jimmy Carter, and it resonated in me, and wonder if as many people as I feel should, really get what the oldest generation of society are about?
It read, our nation was shaped by the wisdom and courage of our founding fathers, and by the steadfastness of succeeding generations who have sustained their vision through two turbulent centuries of challenge and growth.
Each American family is similarly shaped and guided by its forbears. Just as a nation learns and is strengthened by its history, so a family learns and is strengthened by its understanding of preceding generations.
Oh how true, I thought! And I acknowledge that as we’re children, we have a much greater connection and respect for the elderly. Even if it’s just by way of our grandparents. But once they’re gone, or we grow up, what then?
And then, I received a very sad message two weeks ago from a close friend. It read, “I just wanted to let you know that Pop passed away last night. Just thought you should know because he saw something ‘special’ in you.”
I wonder, quite honestly that maybe what her dear Pop saw in me, was simply respect, love and a genuine interest in his life.
Not simply that he was old and cute, which seems a little ‘blasé’ for someone who’s seen so much I have not. Cute does not equal wisdom and knowledge. Years on this planet, however do.
WOULD YOU SUPPORT GRANDPARENTS DAY?