I don't know how many of you have read the book "Tuesdays with Morrie". I hope that you are inclined to once you've read my blog. It talks about the relationship of an old mentor and young student.
My Tuesdays for the past three weeks have been like the ones in the book. Every afternoon, I bother my old neighbor with general queries in life. I also end up sharing a good conversation over scrabble and of-course coffee and smokes. My 80 year old neighbor refuses to get old and I refuse to let her. Over a heated session of scrabble (because we are getting competitive and good over the time), we talk about our different mother tongues, our nationalities and the common love that we share of scrabble.
We youngsters, sometimes talk about a generation gap, we rebel against our elders, i am guilty of the same. But when you actually sit down with them and listen to them about a time gone by, there is so much to learn. As i sat with her today, i had a chance to learn about a time before the world war 2, the gradual transition of East and West Germany and their union in 1989. It was only after Germany hosted the world cup in 2006, every German after the long Fascist regime, felt proud of their country and hung out their flags.
There is so much to learn from a time gone by. If you get a chance, do sit out with an elderly person every once in a while. And just listen. Only listen.