ROSE

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by mdbucks, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    Another message (e-mail) from my father, I dont have the seven friends so I fugured I would post it and If seven read it maybe the good luck will come to me anyway.


    > On 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, and
    > 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 su ccess. 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 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.
    >
    > When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice
    to
    > your friends and family, they'll really enjoy it!
    >
    > These Words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.
    >
    > REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.
    >
    > We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.
    >
    > God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to
    it,
    > He will bring you through it.
    >
    > Pass this message to 7 people except you and me. You will receive a
    > miracle tomorrow
    >
    > If you choose not, then you refuse to bless someone else.
    >
    > "Good friends are like stars........You don't always see them, but you
    > know they are always there
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Thank you for that md. A nice morning starter. Have a blessed day. [​IMG]
     
  3. hsm5grls

    hsm5grls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Beautiful and true
     
  4. jenichick

    jenichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like this one, read it before.......

    what da ya mean ya don't have seven friends......!? [​IMG]
     
  5. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    I got to admit, when I first thought this thread, I thought you wanted me to look [​IMG] but this was ok too I guess lol. Actually it was a very nice story. It's cool she made it through graduation, that is if this story is true.
     
  6. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought that was a nice story [​IMG]
     
  7. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
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    That was a very touching story. Thanks for sharing!
    It makes me miss my grandmother.
     
  8. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    i dont wanna git old lol
     

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