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I absolutely love this story........

Monday, February 18, 2013

"An 87 Year Old College Student Named Rose
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didnt already know.

I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me
with a smile that lit up her entire being.
She said, Hi handsome. My name is Rose. Im eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?
I laughed and enthusiastically responded, Of course you may! and she gave me a giant squeeze.
Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age? I asked.
She jokingly replied, Im here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids
No seriously, I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.
I always dreamed of having a college education and now Im getting one! she told me.
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the
next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this time machine
as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.
At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. Ill never forget what she taught us. She was
introduced and stepped up to the podium.
As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, Im sorry Im so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! Ill never get my speech back in order so let me just tell
you what I know.
As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop
playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day.
Youve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.
We have so many people walking around who are dead and dont even know it!There is a huge difference between growing
older and growing up.
If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and dont do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.
If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.
Anybody can grow older. That doesnt take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.
Have no regrets.
The elderly usually dont have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those
with regrets.
She concluded her speech by courageously singing The Rose.
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.
At the years end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died
peacefully in her sleep.
Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that its
never too late to be all you can possibly be .When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, theyll really enjoy it!
These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.
We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give."

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CLPURNELL 2/19/2013 5:33PM

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My grand mother's name was Rosie and lived till 102. She learned to play the piano in her 80's. She taught me more than any other person ever has.

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KING_SLAYER 2/19/2013 4:54PM

    That is a great story, thank you for sharing it. Words to live by for everyone.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 2/18/2013 10:28PM

    This story always reminds me of my Mom. It has a wonderful message!

She spent her whole life learning, living, loving, and sharing herself with others. Just a few months before her death she changed her 'care' orders from a total "do not resuscitate ' plan of action to one which would keep her alive because she felt that she still had something more to learn and share with the world. She was 94.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to enjoy Rose's story all over again, and for the memories it leaves of my Mother.

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