I found this letter that someone wrote to Ann Landers, and thought it was a great reminder how much we all need each other. Too often we get busy and I think we forget to stop and realize the people that really make a difference in our lives. So this letter was great, I hope you take the time out to read it. I hope then we will all take the time out to thank those older people who have touched out lives and shared their wisdom with us. They truly have made a great difference in my life.
I had hoped to write more tonight but I have bronchitis and I have got to go to bed. Good night dear friends!
"Dear Ann Landers," "I am a twenty-two-year-old graduate student who would like to express my admiration for some people who have taught me more than all the books I ever read."
"Dear Older American, I want you to know how much you have improved the quality of my life. Today I was driving down the street. You were sauntering uptown, your white hair shining in the sun, a smile on your face. You waved when I went by, though you had no idea who I was.
"On my first job as a cashier, I was nervous and scared. The line was long and everyone was impatient. You let the others go first because you didn't mind waiting. When your turn came you said, "Take your time. My, but you have pretty eyes." I could have kissed you.
"You say,'Have a nice day,' in the elevator and talk about the weather. I can tell by your gnarled hands that you've done a lot of hard work and I admire that.
"You have an aura of calmness that so many of my generation will never know in their mad rush for money and status. Thanks, Older American, for being there."
"Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts." ~Martin Buxbaum
"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." ~ Abraham Lincoln