My Sittou (or Grandmother, we are from a giant Lebanese family) is over 90 years old and as beautiful as ever, and my dear Great Uncle is about the same age. We facetimed, and I am just always so impressed by them. They are the pillars of our family, who we all greatly admire and look up to. The richness and depth of stories that their lives hold, and the value they have is priceless.
The elderly, I feel, are one of our greatest assets in culture, and sadly some of our most overlooked. Why don’t we appreciate them more? It would be interesting to understand the impact and/or value the elderly have in each culture.
One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Bernard of Chartres (12th Century) “We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a great distance, not by virtue of any sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.”
Our wisdom is collectively passed down, and not everyone is wise, I understand that, but we have so much to appreciate and learn from those that have come before us. Be humble enough to learn from them.
(feature image is of the volcano Cotopaxi)