BRONZE Member since Apr 2003


Super Gidg!!!!
Location: Portland Oregon USA

Total posts: 8506
Posted:Several people have asked my why I changed my signature. The answer? I read the following story -

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, 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. 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."

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 the 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.


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Growing old is mandatory; growing up is NOT.
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BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Magical Sock Dancer
Location: Newfoundland, Canada

Total posts: 255
Posted:Great story man.
It's damn true too.


SILVER Member since Nov 2003

Location: Waco/San Marcos, TX, USA

Total posts: 20
Posted:Thanks for sharing the story, brought a tear to my eye.
Hears to no regets. beerchug

Give a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.




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Location: sitting on the step

Total posts: 2568
Posted:that is just the sweetest story.

the bit about no regrets is pretty much on of my lifes mottos (along with no worries smile) my mum told me out of everything negative is a positive, and it is so true, it may be hard to find and something quite small, but its still very much a postive. and so you have learnt something new and never regret that experience, for it makes you a stronger and better person.

cheers for the story gidg hug

she who sees from up high smiles

Patrick badger king: *they better hope there's never a jihad on stupidity*


You old folks and your stories are so cute. You and Granpa Simpson always bring a tear to my eye! tongue tongue tongue
P.S. Postcard is soon on its way! Myste keeps forgetting to remind me! wink wink wink




Location: london,uk

Total posts: 313
Posted:That was lovely!Thank you for sharing Rose's wisdom with us...i bet she's smiling right now to know that her life on earth is still making ripples... smile


BRONZE Member since Apr 2002


Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There, United Kingdom

Total posts: 6140
Posted:Ahh that was really sweet. Thanks for the story hug

Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...


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