The recent Easter holiday was celebrated at my house with multi-generations present. As usual, at my house, topics of conversation are uncensored and free flowing.
As I listened to the flow of opinions, it occurred to me that the 20-40 year olds really do think they have life figured out. I watched as they smiled kindly at my 92 year old dear friend and nodded gratuitously when she expressed her opinions on politics, religion, etc. I felt the cloak of invisibility shroud all of us in attendance over the age of 50 or so. Our opinions, while tolerated, really didn’t seem to matter. Nevermind the fact that my 92 year old friend retired from nursing two years ago and has just gotten a stand up paddle board.
We are “old and stupid” in the minds of this “enlightened” group. Rather than be hurt by this, I choose to relish being “old and stupid”,when the need arises. I am “old and stupid” at the hardware store,when I need help with my computer or cell phone, I relish the cloak of invisibility. Declaring that I am “old and stupid’ at the beginning of phone conversations with customer support people always elicits a kinder more patient approach.
Eventually, when the enlightened generation reaches the cloak of invisibility age they too will smile when listening to their children and grandchildren’s solution to world issues.
I look forward to their joining the invisible generation.
The “invisible generation” finds a place at Friendship Centers where the cloak of invisibility is discarded and life’s knowledge and experiences are celebrated. Come join us!
About Caroline Allen
Caroline Allen is Volunteer Services Manager at The Friendship Centers. Originally from Jackson Mississippi, she has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit management and volunteer development. She's also responsible for writing one of the most poignant posts we've shared on this blog.
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