By Anita Garner
This website shared with my fellow broadcaster Dave- here he is on our home page, is called The Aging of Aquarius, so yeah, from time to time we write about differences between generations.
Some wise words about the generation gap popped up in a Frank Bruni (New York Times) column a couple of months back. I’ve been thinking about this ever since.
“Older generations need younger ones to reconnect them with their idealism. But younger generations need older ones to turn that idealism into more than pretty words. They need the moral authority reserved for people who’ve done so much loving, so much losing and so much figuring out how to press on. They need the life lessons, which have grown from a pamphlet to an encyclopedia. What a waste not to read every last syllable of it.”
Beautifully said, Frank. Thank you.
As soon as Halloween is over, I look forward to Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. No shopping. No wrapping. No costumes. Good mood. Good food. Great leftovers. We eat early and eat too much, then return to eat again. There’ll be a neighborhood stroll between snacks, but there will be more eating.
We’ll have delicious late-in-the-day sandwiches. We bring in special rolls (some of us love sourdough, others prefer wheat.) There’s nothing exotic about our Thanksgiving planned-over sandwiches, but there’s no other sandwich all year that tastes this good. Frank Bruni writes about his family’s similar sandwich tradition in Real Simple Magazine.
By dessert time, music starts. Christmas begins with Thanksgiving pie. Some years Johnny Mathis kicks off the season. Sometimes it’s Burl Ives, or Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown soundtrack.
Meanwhile, I’m already humming a chorus of “Count Your Blessings.” Some years there’s a need to start the humming earlier, a reminder to myself that no matter what else happened during the year, there are still reasons to be grateful.
(photo from Real Simple)