Baby Boomer Finally GRADUATES…

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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 “time machine” 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,
“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.”

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~

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