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The Grandfather Chronicles(tm) This is society's quintessential question. Can you answer, "What Would You Tell the Next Generation?"
Antietam Bridge, Md., September 1862 The Things We Remember By: Cathie, Hagerstown, MD, 1998 CWes1@aol.com
My advice to the next generation would be to carefully consider what are really the important things in our lives. We spend alot of our time at work, caring for our homes, running errands, etc. Is this what really matters? As my loved ones grow old and leave this world, I am left with my memories of them. I can't even remember how much money they made, what kind of car they drove, or the furnishings they bought. I do remember how they made me feel, the time we shared, and the things they taught me. If this is what I remember, then maybe that is what was important. I remember my Mom leading our girl scout troop and my aunt rocking me and reading to me in the middle of the night when I was scared and couldn't sleep. I remember Grandma making doll clothes and freezing popsicles even when she was so sick. I remember overhearing her tell my aunt that she had to finish making my bedspread before died. (She did.)
What do we want our children, family, co-workers and friends to remember about us? I hope their memories of me are as fond and loving as the ones I cherish. Therefore, the things I consider important are the ones we tend to have little time for in our busy lives: making cookies, outings, sharing a cup of coffee, lending an ear, kissing a "boo boo", making a paper airplane, putting smiley faces in the pancakes, doing a favor, chasing away imaginary monsters, asking how someone really feels, writing a note to cheer someone up, sitting through football and soccer games, and on and on...
Yes, the list is endless. These "little things'" take our precious time, and we often have forget, or are just too tired. However, to me, these "little things" are the biggest and most important ones, so I strive to make the time and find the energy. My advice to the next generation is decide what is truly important to you and those you care about, make time to do them, and I believe you'll have fewer regrets.
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