From the miscellaneous drawer - Opportunities

How do you feel about the elderly folks in your life, circle or neighborhood?
I asked a business owner recently about his dad who is still working for the firm and was pleasantly surprised by his answer.
He replied that although the dad had slowed down a bit due to physical changes which affect his walk, his dad still enjoys working. It is the socialization which prompts him to be on the job almost daily with no vacations.
Ask most any over-65 person why they still show up for work and that’s bound to be a common answer:
The opportunity o be useful, complete tasks and have people to converse with makes life worthwhile.
My former mother-in-law explained to me a number of years ago, “I’m still the same person inside that I was when I was 20.”
Another friend reminded me of this poem which ends:
“I’m now an old woman ...and nature is cruel;
’Tis jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles, grace and vigor depart,
There is now a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells,
And now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain,
And I’m loving and living life over again.
I think of the years ....all too few, gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, nurses, open and see,
Not a crabby old woman; look closer ...see ME!!”
I’ve printed out some copies of the complete poem which you can pick up free at the Ely Echo office. Just ask me for a copy. Also available to be emailed.
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In the Ely Echo of May 12, 1997, twenty years ago, the headlines were:
• Schedule set for Chapman property;
• Cooperation and progress can be found at Ely city council meeting;
• Bigger and better Molter Museum opens;
• Fall Lake Township residents say: Taxes go up and potholes get deeper.