April 5, 2011

Greg Kesich: The view from 90 includes more than a few surprises

There's no telling what you may find along the way in almost a century of living.

By Greg Kesich gkesich@pressherald.com
Editorial Page Editor

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Fortunately, I kept pursuing that particular fish and she has become my wife of 23 years.

At his birthday dinner, Daddy took us by surprise and offered another piece of advice, this time to the teenagers at the table:

Soon you will be going away to college, he said (more or less. I wasn't taking notes). You will be exposed to many new ideas. That's very important. We need new ideas here. We need you to come back and introduce them to us. Your community needs you to do this.

But when you come back, don't be harsh. Express them with "fear and trembling" so people will listen.

Other people (like me) talk faster and more. But they don't get the attention that 90 years of experience demands, and there was a silence as the words sunk in.

I thought of the young man who left home in 1941 and was never able to return. And I thought of the old man who has lived long enough to say goodbye to most of the important people in his life.

It's a series of leave takings and learning new things, and if you're lucky, coming back and making sense of what you've seen.

It was his party, but no surprise, he gave more than he got.


Greg Kesich is an editorial writer. He can be contacted at 791-6481 or at: gkesich@pressherald.com


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