90 years of a life well lived and some wisdom

*Note: This essay was published in the Colorado Springs Gazette print edition on October 8, 2017. It can also be found online here.

My grandmother-in-law turns 90 this weekend, so I called and announced myself with a self-deprecating ice breaker: “It’s your good-for-nothing grandson-in-law.” Before I got the last syllable out, she pushed back with infectious positivity, telling me, “What do you mean good-for-nothing?” and then how excited she was for the great-grandkid pictures I’d recently posted.

The young don’t spend much time with the aged outside gift-giving events, which seems almost criminal in that it robs younger folk of the real presents on offer: wisdom and experience. Continue reading “90 years of a life well lived and some wisdom”