"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Listen to an Elderly Stranger

The project:
Take time to listen to a talkative elderly stranger.

45 minutes

Why bother?
Can you imagine what life would be like if you outlived most of your family and friends? It's tough enough to make real friends as a younger adult. In your late 80s? WHEW!

While camping in Monterey, we began talking to our neighboring camper, an 89-year-old man from Lodi who still gets around quite well, camping and all. He was an interesting guy with lots of information to share.

Worth it?

A challenge for readers: Take some time out to talk to an elderly person at some length. WHAT is interesting about THEM? Learn a life story. Ask for a pointer, some advice. Given this kind of opportunity, they won't let you down. Let us know, here, how your effort turned out.

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