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Why belittle baby boomers?

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By John Pawlak

When Robert Frost wrote, “The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected,” he was referring to the wisdom that comes with age.
Another thing that comes with age is old age jokes.
 “He’s so old, when he was born the Dead Sea was just getting sick.” “He’s so old, when he went to an antique auction, three people bid on him.” “He’s so old, when he reads the bible, he’s reminiscing.”
Let’s face it, sometimes getting old is no fun. But old doesn’t mean useless. Some of the greatest achievements were performed by “old, useless” people.
When he signed the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin was 70 years young.
Nelson Mandela was 76 years young when elected President of South Africa.
At the “useless” age of 69, Mother Theresa received the Nobel Peace Prize. She continued working her ministry until her death at the age of 87.
A 61-year-”old” Mahatma Gandhi walked the 241-mile March to the Sea to protest the British salt tax. He was 78 years young when he secured India’s independence.
 “Grandma Moses” started painting at 76 years young. She painted more than 2000 paintings, and her last painting, “The Rainbow”, was completed when she was 101.


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