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I Like To Talk To Old People

Her name is Hazel. And up until about two years ago, I lived right next door to her.  Upon moving to Oklahoma, we became fast friends.  She was home all day, I was home all day.  She liked to watch HGTV, I liked to watch HGTV.  She liked to try the foods I made, I liked to make them. Did I mention that she’s 82? The 44-year difference between us didn’t matter.  I liked listening to her.  I liked laughing with her.  I liked hearing stories about her life.  I liked getting her opinion about things.  And contrary to public opinion, I was usually the one who had to hear the honey, I’ve got to get going now speech, not her. Pashaw. I find myself enjoying people who are older than me.  Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and realizing that I don’t know as much as I thought I did.  Maybe it’s because I’m walking new territory as a mother and need all the advice I can get.  Maybe it’s because I want to stay married to the love of my life, all of my life.  Maybe it’s because I want to know how to keep my love for Jesus strong when I’m well into my 80’s. Or maybe it’s all of those things.  All I know is that I like old people.  I like their stories.  I like how they repeat their stories.  Over and over and over again.  I don’t mind. My advice for the day is this:  Listen to old people.  They have a lot to share.

15 thoughts on “I Like To Talk To Old People”

  1. THE very best person that I enjoyed talking to was my nana….she always listened, always understood, gave great wisdom and enjoyed my company too. She’s been with the Lord for 12 yrs now and I can’t wait to see her…..older people are the best.

  2. Hi Mrs. Beall, you don’t know me, I happened upon your site by “accident”, I don’t even remember how. I, first of all wanted to tell you that even though you have heard it a million times already, you are a true blessing to me. The way you paint pictures with your words is truly a gift from God. Not to mention that my marriage story is very similar to yours. I would love to have been able to have met you at church or at a local grocery store because you seem like the exact type of woman that I would love to have as a personal friend. Nevertheless, thank you for your transparency on this site and your obedience to God’s leading in doing just that. I’m sure you know it, but you truly have a ministry here. Which leads me to why I wanted to even bother you with my comment… I too share a special place in my heart for the elderly. Our society sometimes sees them as disposable and doesn’t appreciate their wisdom, but I have been blessed with the insight that they are our greatest treasure and am also blessed when I see that appreciation showing up in my two pre-teen children. Thanks again and I apologize for the inconvenience of this rambling comment. Much love, Leigh

  3. When I was younger; not so much. But now that Im a mother and a wife; talking to my grandmother over tea or on the phone is definitely a favorite pastime. She’s seen and experienced so many wonderful things. Its just amazing to see how much really doesnt matter when you’re 81, and how real God really is. Shes my favorite person.

  4. My neighbor is an 86 year old woman. Until 2 years ago she still got out there and cut her grass. Now that’s a woman!
    I do enjoy talking to her. She always seems to be so relaxed. Never stressed or worried and I too do a lot of the talking. (We women do seem to have the gift of gab)
    She will get outside with her hoe and start working with the weeds in her flower garden. After awhile at this I usually see her sitting under her carport, in her rocking chair, with a pack of crackers and a Dr. Pepper.

    Yes, I do enjoy older, wiser people. :o)

  5. Amen Cindy! They are the best!

    I love to sit, listen, learn…..they have sooo very much to offer if we would just give them the time!

    Glad you are back! 🙂

  6. I love talking to older people. They have amazing stories to tell and lots of wisdom. It makes me puff up a bit when an older person comments on how well behaved my children are because I know they have much stricter standards than today’s society. That’s silly huh? But it does.

  7. I love old people. I am sad my children have not had the opportunity to live near their grandparents. My grandmother died July 5, 2008 at the age of 100. I miss her terribly every day. It has been a year and it seems like yesterday that I was calling her on the phone. When I called her each day I would say good morning Mam-ma and her reply was always “and it is”. What an attitude. Cindy thanks for letting me talk about her today.

  8. Having the main stability in my life as a child being my grandmother….I love old people. My grandmother was in her 60’s when I was born and past away right after Ryan was born. I miss her to this day.

    My husband loved her dearly too. She told him about how her husband, who was in the Navy, would leave for work during the day and take all her panties so she wouldn’t leave the house during the day. Craig about died. I thought that was hilarious. Then she informed Craig that it wouldn’t work with me because I probably had some panties hiding. LOL

    I love older people. 🙂

  9. I work in a nursing home and the reaction I get from most people when I tell them where I work is “I hope I never end up in one of those”. My job is very enjoyable and I laugh and am “filled up” on a daily basis.
    Last night I was talking with a gentleman who lived in the same town my parents grew up. I shared the streets they lived on and then mentioned the church they went to. He said he never went to church and I told him it was never to late to to believe. We started an interesting conversation.
    Its amazing what we can all learn from people when we actually stop and listen.

  10. I do, too! I’m in a Garden Club and most of the members are well past retirement age. The ladies are so fun and wise! And last month, I worked with some retired gentlemen during VBS. They were hilarious, but also kind. I hope my children will learn by example and embrace the “older” generation. Pretty soon, I’ll be part of it! 🙂

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