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Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ

Think about the generation immediately younger or older than you. What do you understand least about them — and what can you learn from them?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us AGE.

I feel like I’m in-between two generations…

with a teenager sleeping on my couch… u21182167

She has her own room… but the couch in the living area is her favorite spot… unless she is REALLY sleeping on a day off… then to bed she goes….

That’s my granddaughter… 19 years of age…

She works at night… up into the morning… and then comes to Grandma and Poppy’s to sleep before she goes to her classes at college…

She lives in another town that’s just too far to keep traveling back and forth… so this is our arrangement…

I asked her last night… “Don’t you get tired of having to come here with us instead of going home?”

She answered, “I like it here!”… with that purely honest little face looking up at me…

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I was glad to hear that of course… I like having my time with her too…

Her generation has much to contend with…

You hear so much of the troubles… from gangs, alcohol, drugs, sex… The list goes on and on…

k10550512 Thank goodness… She is here … has her friends k6972014 … family k11519591… work and school…

Maybe that makes the difference…

We have praised her accomplishments…

Her parents have involved her in outside activities since she was little…

and we have all learned that respecting each other and having open conversation is the best!…

I have learned from my Granddaughterhard work and determination… the things she has seen and taken with her into her life already… to help her future… Being her own person… but, aware of other’s feelings…

Independent is always what I use as the word to describe her!… 131375_280643042047690_1716523618_o

On the other side of me is a group of elderly people and “special needs

people that I work with now at my new job… k2596151

We discuss and talk daily… so, I get a real picture of their needs… desires… and regrets…

They live in their memoriesGCR0007

So I have learned that “making memories” is what we need to do…

Make them so special… so sweet… so wonderful… that we can rely on them in our future years…

Make many friends… keep busy… talk… and continue to grow…

and most of all…

keep learning k13177899  …  As I gave a program today about “The Chinese New Year“… I heard so many say, “I didn’t know that!”… and they seemed to enjoy that fact

that they had learned something new…

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Smiles were on their faces… and were asking if I would be back… and what would we be doing tomorrow…

Their comments are teaching me… and keeping me on my toes!

I think I might have the best of 3 worlds right now!

Young adult… my life… older seniors…

Dreams… Contentment… Memories …

How lucky I am!

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“My Joy”…

Gift…

I love reading “Mirth and Motivation‘s” Blog Site  … It “Motivates”…”Elevates”… “Makes You Laugh”…and promotes “Living Positively”…

This is their title… and it follows through with great thought-provoking writings…

It was mentioned the other day that maybe we should try creating a “Joy Compass”… which entails answering the following statement…

I am following my joy when…

I thank God for coming into my life so many years ago…

I wake up with a good attitude

I’m a good partner to my husband…

I tell my son’s “They’re the best!”

I’m a grandma to my grandkids…

I’m a good role model

I care for others …

I give time to things that will make a difference

I create something…

I take time to view nature in all it’s glory…

I keep my body healthy…

I smile and talk to strangers…

I’m there with a listening ear…

don’t judge those who have different opinions and views…

I do something for myself that makes “me” happy…

I discipline without guilt… knowing it’s part of parenting…

I take care of what has been given me…

I honor others with compliments…

I show compassion…

I show love…

I think things through before commenting…

I investigate new things… new words… new ideas…

I keep things clean…

I play with my cat Jill…

I keep in touch with friends and relatives…

25 Joys… and I probably could think of so many more…

It gave me contemplating time… to do this exercise…

It let me know what’s really important in my life…

Thanks “Mirth and Motivation”… always a JOY!

Signs of Friendship…

Gift…

Have you ever had a day that you were glad you were “YOU!” ???

Well… the reason I feel so good … is that I have such a variety of wonderful  friends…

I call my sister and get her out of bed … Does she mind???… “No”, she says… as we immediately get to talking about this and that… We laugh… we discuss different topics… we talk about our kids… we are true friends… Yes, my sister but, friends…

I go to swimming aerobics… and I’m greeted by several ladies that I talk to at least a couple of times a week … “How are you today?”… and they seem to really care…

We chit-chat back and forth about the temperature of the water… the sun that wasn’t shining… the rescue by our little life guard  that ended up being… just a guy… playing around in the water… We have a new instructor… young and full of vigor… and we leave saying, “That was a good workout”…

The time was well spent… and the new friends I’m making are so sweet… It was just a good way to start the day…

I get home right when my teenage granddaughter Taylor, arrives… I still find it hard to watch her drive up in her little car … with that big beautiful smile on her face… A “Hi Grandma!”… and I melt…

We are on a higher level than we were a few years back… She is growing and maturing… We chit-chat like my lady friends… but this time it’s about boyfriends workinglittle brother and sisterher Mom and Dadmoving … (Mom and Dad have decided to buy another house) … I love having her as a “friend”… Because friends can talk to each other about anything…

She leaves and I get a call from a young girl that taught sign language in our classroom the last year I worked… Mindy was the interpreter for one of our Special Ed students who had hearing loss… and couldn’t talk…

I admired her abilities and we became friends… Me… more of a Mother figure… but, friends… She had called me  last year about the same time I recall and we pick up right where we left off… I encouraging her… and her telling me all about her life since the last time we talked… She’s married… going to school… changing her goal to elementary education  and loving it… looking for a house… I heard every detail… and loved it!… Why?… Because she thinks of me as a friend and that makes me happy

I then read a few blogs and my Facebook page  on the internet that I keep up with and chit-chat again… just a few words… but, keeping the lines of friendship open…

As I’m coming in from being outside helping my husband in the yard… the telephone rings … I check the number and know it’s my cousin, Vera who lives in Tennessee… She is on her way home from work which takes about thirty minutes… This is our time to talk (chitchat) at least three times a week…We get right to it!… discussing our day… exchanging ideas… relating news of each other’s family… We could talk for hours but, usually limit it to this time… Why?… because we are friends besides cousins… We know each other thoroughly… and can tell how each is feeling immediately… Friends are like that!… Even “cousin friends”…

This was just one day!… and it was full of happy thoughts… laughs… and contentment… Isn’t that a wonderful thing!… Praise!… is what comes to mind!… and  ED!