I went broke and decided to go teach English in Korea at age 60. I was there
for 8 years.In a senior class in composition I gave an assignment to
my students. I set a list of questions in English and they were to go home and
interview a parent or a grandparent who had been alive either during the era
when the Japanese tried to colonize Korea, or during the Korean war.The students were hesitant and said the old people didn't want to talk and
older Koreans I talked to said the students weren't interested. They were both
wrong.I now have about 30 of the papers which are sitting on my
self. Now is the time to transcribe them onto paper. Some of the stories were
nothing short of incredible.Such things as these must be saved and
shared. We have heroes in our midst, lets learn from them.
My grandmother who passed away lived the Titanic sinking and all world wars.
Really wish I would have talked to her before she passed.
As a 16 year old I sat with a great uncle one Thanksgiving as he explained the
complete workings of the Lehi Sugar Factory. I've since forgotten much of it,
which is yet another example of why we should record these things.
@Vine"Hard dedicated work habits and clean living-is that too
much of a hill to climb?"What does clean living have to do with
accomplishing things with your life? Churchill smoke like a chimney and drank
like a fish, yet he defeated Hitler. Clean living has nothing to do with
success or living a good life and helping others.
Our LDS ward had the youth interview all those over 70 in the ward and then
honored them with a dinner. At the dinner each youth told stories about those
they had interviewed. The friendships that were forged through this program
benefited everyone and the experienced folks became heros and mentors to the
What a wonderful project for this nursing home. Too many times businesses care
more about raking in profits than the people they serve. It is a real service to
share the lives and examples of their patrons with the younger generation. We
can all learn from their histories.
Where are these kind of stories being lived today? Wake up citizens and get off
this greedy fantasy love boat your riding and accomplish something! Hard
dedicated work habits and clean living-is that too much of a hill to climb?
Forget the freebee's and gifts, go earn them!