Thursday, April 19, 2012

Intergenerational Day – Facts and Thoughts

Today, April 19, is Intergenerational Day

I’ve been writing posts for our blog for 17 months now and intergenerational is the longest word I have ever used…check it out, that is one letter for each month.

You will find all ages at the StarShine Schools, from 5 year old kids to 80 year old volunteers. If you take a walk around the school campus, you will see how well this works. I feel very lucky to have such a wonderful place to spend my time volunteering. My relationship with the kindergarteners and teens is different from my relationship with the teachers. I’m both a Grandma and a Mom. I find that ‘old’ age here at StarShine is revered.

Many of the students I know at the school are Latino children. I have noticed that they have strong intergenerational family ties. Of course, not all of the kids have families, or a place to live. I wish I could be their grandma. The best opportunity I’ve had was with the teenage girls in my Etiquette/Fashion Classes.

At my church, in the small Bible study group, my husband and I attend each Sunday morning, there is a wonderful example of intergenerational relationships. There are 8 of us in the group and we represent the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. We listen and learn from each other and appreciate the differences in outlook.

I think Jan and I are a good example of two generations working together. She has been able to drag me into the internet world and I believe she listens to any words of wisdom I might pass on to her.

By Lois Jamieson

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