I am happy that my mother is sharing ‘Ponderin’ with you. Her unique way of delivering pearls of wisdom were a staple of life for me growing up. Sometimes I would laugh at how silly they sounded and others would have a sting that lasted a lifetime.
People today live a different life style than people of 100 years ago. My mother’s father was a ranch hand, a cowboy, before there were cars, telephones, airplanes, or laser surgery. What changes my grandparents saw in their lifetime.
I remember handing my 85 year old grandmother, who was virtually blind, a shiny disc called a “CD” and trying to explain to her how lasers made music from it. She handled that glistening disc, shook her head and after a few minutes said – “Oh my stars!” and then laughed because she had no idea how that could be possible.
Whether around the campfire, working on the farm or at the dinner table, it was the older generation that showed the younger how the world worked and the meaning of our place within it.
Today though, it seems, the stories and wisdom of an older generation are not being passed down as they once were. These stories and the wisdom they contain may be the most valuable inheritance we can hope to receive – a legacy of practical wisdom.