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July 12, 2014

RAY DAY: Listen to your elders

My life as a youngster was one that prepared me for today. In my time, the rule was to respect our elders.

They had already been through all the hard times, and were able to instruct you on what is the best way to go. They were the best type of people to look up to and want to follow in their footsteps. They had already been through most of their life on this great earth, and the experience they had would greatly help those who would listen.

Many times the head of the family was the grandparent, who had brought up your parents and instilled in them the value of living a good life. And many times they would tell you to take a good look at your parents and follow the same path they are on.

In our family, our grandfathers on both sides of the family had passed away at an early age, and so our grandmothers were the ones to talk to. I was truly blessed with having two grandmothers who not only had lived a full life of 92 years, but had a knowledge of all the hard times of life, as it was in their time. So they were the ones who could lead us to a full commitment of the values needed to prepare us for what would lie ahead.

I remember many times when Grandma came from Washington state, she brought us gifts she made for each of us. Back then the only thing bought from a store was the material to make the gifts.

My other grandmother still lived here, and we saw her just about every weekend. She was, for as long as I can remember, a pretty lady with white hair and a pretty smile. The gifts from her were also made from the heart. So we were truly blessed with not only great parents to follow but also great grandparents too.

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