“Love is like a mirror.
When you love another you become his mirror,
And he becomes yours. . .
And reflecting each other’s love
you see infinity.”
– Leo Buscaglia
The Japanese have a special saying for older people – “Living Treasures”. Respect for the Aged Day (Keirō no Hi) is a Japanese holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens every September.
The mark of any civilized society is how it cares for its young people and its elderly. And this concept, considering and valuing our older, experienced and knowledgeable citizens as treasures is missing in America.
My friends, we need a clearer vision. Let’s follow the beautiful example offered by the Japanese culture and value and celebrate our living treasures. Grandparents, fathers, mothers, aunts and uncles have a lifetime of fascinating stories to share with their children and grandchildren.
Not only are their life stories and achievements invaluable to their families, they are important to us as a nation and our collective response towards aging. Older people are the beautifully woven tapestry of living history. They are a true treasure. They are the gold reserves of the Nation. And this gold mine is, essentially, unrecognized and, sadly, unappreciated.
Thinking of them reminds me of Mrs. A. When asked when she plans to retire she responded, “I think they are going to have to carry me out feet first. Until then, I will be here doing what I love, teaching.”
Are you a living treasure yourself ? Don’t leave all those precious
memories tucked away in your head. Isn’t it time you recorded your life story. Please do so, for the sake of your family and your country. Find something to record your precious words – a camera, tape recorder, even pencil and paper. Or perhaps, start a website and surprise your family by beginning with the beginning – chapter one – your earliest thoughts, remembrances, and emotions. Here is a great place to pass on the legacy of your life! Share the meaningful, funny and truly significant stories. And let those you love, and many others, know how much you love them.
Amid the clamor of technological and economic success, a reverence for age, custom, and tradition endures in Japanese culture. And it should also be valued here, in this country.
There are approximately 70 Japanese officially designated as ”The Living Treasures”. They are elderly men and women. Click here for more.
These are women and men in recognized fields who have been designated by the Japanese government as “Bearers of Important Intangible Cultural Assets” are often referred to as “Living National Treasures” or “Ningen Kokuho” coined from the term “national treasure” which was found in a 1929 law.
At the Anderson School, we treasure everyone. And we especially treasure the most valued citizens and educators. Several of our teachers retired years ago. And they enable and enlighten our students with their personal insights and philosophy of life and living garnered from many years of valuable experience.
I am always anxious to meet older and wiser minds still willing to share the vast wealth of their knowledge and their love of life. Are you one these? If so, let me hear from you.
It has become a tradition for students to place a price tag on me at the annual Fossil Mania Show in Glenrose. Prices have ranged from 1 cent to 25 cents, which proves that I am no longer worth less than a “plug nickel”. But last Fall Natalie, known for always telling the truth, placed a tag on my back that said, “Priceless”.
Folks, the knowledge and experience you have gained from a life-time of living and loving life is also, “Priceless”. Pass it on!
“The world in its essence is the reconciliation of opposite forces.
These forces, like the right hand and left hand of the creator,
act in perfect harmony,
and yet in opposite directions.“
– Rabindranath Tagore
FRIDAY STUDY/FUN TRIP
On Friday, March 28, 2014 we will visit the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, an Urban Wilderness with a mission to enhance the quality of life by enrolling and educating our community in the preservation & protection
of natural areas while standing as an example of these same principles and values in North Central Texas.”
The Nature Center is located just inside the city limits of Fort Worth. It is a hidden jewel, a wilderness comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands reminiscent of how much of the Fort Worth once looked. Replete with native flora and fauna, the area beckons to those searching for a piece of nature to refresh their spirits and reintroduce a measure of tranquility.
Over 3600 acres, the center is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States and offers residents and visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural history of north central Texas. Over 20 miles of hiking trails provide easy access to a myriad of natural wonders to be found on the Refuge.
The center is located on the northwest side of Fort Worth, four miles west of I-820 on Jacksboro Hwy. (TX Hwy. 199).
We plan to hike the trails, have fun and get some sunshine and fresh air.
* Students are to follow policy at all times
* They ask that there be no loud talking, running, or jumping. (Good luck with that one!)
* Stay with the chaperone at all times.
* Use clipboards for worksheets. Do not lean or write on the exhibit display cases or walls.
* No food, drink, candy, or gum is allowed in the building.
* The museum is under video surveillance and all areas are equipped with security alarms.
* No “wheeled” foot gear allowed in the museum.
Drop-off will be at the Nature Center at 10:00 a.m.
Pick up will be at the Nature Center at 2:30 p.m.
FINANCIAL: Admission: $5 Adults (13-64) $2 Children (3-12; under 3 FREE) $3 Seniors (65+) Please pay at the door.
LUNCH Please bring a PICNIC LUNCH today. (Don’t forget the drinks.)
GIFT SHOP Yes!
Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. Students without shirts tucked in & belts on will not be allowed to participate.
Our Nature Center can be enjoyed by the entire family and your friends. All PARENTS / IN-LAWS / NEIGHBORS, SIBLINGS, etc. are invited to participate on our trips. Your family is always welcome.
Students are NOT to leave the Nature Center or the presence of an adult chaperone at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride or use the restroom, without the knowledge and approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.
April 4 – Kimbell Art Museum Samurai Armor Exhibit
April 18 & 21 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holidays
May 1 Tuition Due for 2014-15
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“The whole universe
is to us
a writing of the Infinite
in the language
of the finite.”