Elderly friends offer life lessons

By Lynn Moncus: Comments from the Canyons

Having friends of all ages is a rare privilege, one that we can enjoy in our own hometown and county. Because my first friends in those canyons were my parents and grandparents, I have always enjoyed being around people who are older than I. As a result, I count my blessings over and over as I meet and greet those friends who are a little ahead of me in age.

For instance, last Saturday, I was honored to be in the presence of six friends who are in their 90s and who are such great fun to be around. The fact that they will take time to visit with this woman from lma always delights me because they have so much to give as they tell some stories about the past or as they provide examples of people who have retained that wonderful Southwestern humor and tend to cause laughter wherever they go.

As they begin to talk about the past, they bring it to life and present living history.

When some of their stories are serious, they show how the hard times affected them and also show how their strength got them through those times. By listening to those stories, we just naturally notice that strength and can but hope we have just a bit of it when we are faced with such times.

They also show how their lively senses of humor saw them through some of the worst of times. Despite pain and suffering, they were still able to smile and even to laugh and can let us see what we can do in the event we need to find some of that strength.

In seconds, they can have us laughing and crying as we listen to the stories they are willing to share. Most of the time, we really need to let them take the lead in telling their stories because they may not wish to tell about an entire incident. Some things still remain too close to the surface to talk about or too close to avoid causing trouble for other people who were involved. If we are to remain friends, we certainly must respect that privacy and just let our curiosity calm itself.

Obviously, I am not listing names this time because several of these friends aren’t interested in letting everyone in the realm know their ages. Yes, they still have their pride and their prerogative to tell their ages or to tell all they know about some of the past incidents in our history.

We really are most fortunate to have so many nonagenarian friends and to have the opportunity to have frequent visits with them. They certainly teach us much about life in our county and about how to enjoy that life despite those hard times. Let’s salute them whenever we have an opportunity.