…Baby Boomer GRADUATES College…

<strong> Baby Boomer Finally GRADUATES…</strong>

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The first day of school our Professor introduced himself and challenged
 us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look
 around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me
 with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose.  I’m eighty-seven years old.
 Can I give you a hug?”  I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of
 course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.

“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.

She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married,
 and have a couple of kids.”

“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to
 be taking on this challenge at her age.

“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting
 one!” she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a
 chocolate Milkshake.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would
 leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized
 listening to this<em> “time machine” </em>as she shared her wisdom and experience with
 me.

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Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily
 made friends wherever she went.

She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon
 her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football
 banquet I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and
 stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she
 dropped her three by five cards on the floor.

 Frustrated and a little embarrassed

She leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so
 jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never
 get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.”

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As we laughed she cleared her throat and began,
<strong> “We do not stop playing
 because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are
 only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success.
 You have to laugh and find humor every day.

You’ve got to have a dream.
 When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking
 around who are dead and don’t even know it!

There is a huge difference  between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie
 in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will
 turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for
 a year and never do anything I will turn eighty eight. Anybody can
 grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow
 up by always finding opportunity in change.

Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we
 did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”</strong>

She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our
 daily lives.

At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all
 those years ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to
 the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be
 all you can possibly be.

These Words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.

We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to
 it, He will bring you through it.

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“Good friends are like stars……..You don’t always see them, but you
 know they are always there.
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This was sent to me by a friend…I don’t know who wrote it…but I thought some of you might enjoy it.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

~ by thebabyboomerqueen on December 20, 2007.

One Response to “…Baby Boomer GRADUATES College…”

  1. Wow! I finished my MBA at age 52 and thought I had accomplished something. I don’t have a thing on Rose. The contrast between growing older and growing up really hits home. Thanks for posting this.

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