I believe that children are our future

That’s the advice of a 9-yr-old boy named Tate, who decided to spend his summer volunteering at his grandpa’s senior center instead of going to camp.

Here’s a short video about his experience. It starts with a few words from a man I’ve written about before on this blog: filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett from the Alive Inside Foundation, a coalition aimed at “connecting the generations through music, story, and empathy.”

Rossato-Bennett suggests that we reformulate a question many of us ask ourselves: “What is the meaning of life?” A better question might be, “Is my life full of experiences that I find meaningful?”

May is “Older Americans Month.” The theme for 2018 is “Engage at Every Age.” Tate found a meaningful way to engage with the elderly.

He inspired me.

Paulette Bochnig Sharkey

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9 Responses to I believe that children are our future

  1. Sandy Shores says:

    What a beautiful video. It brought tears to my eyes. Tate is certainly a very special young man. Thanks so much for sharing this on your blog.

  2. Judie says:

    What a great kid! I always thought it was wonderful that both Dalton and Jake volunteered at Canterbury on the Lake.

    • I agree. Great for the boys AND for the residents. Most of them love having young people around.

      • Judie says:

        on the news last night there was a segment that told how an elementary class that was learning cursive had pen pals at a senior citizen residence. It was a wonderful program for the seniors and the little ones. The kids would bug their teacher every day to see if there was mail for them. The seniors visited the school room and the children visited the senior citizens. I love to hear stories like this!

  3. Jessa says:

    Do you find your life meaningful? 🙂

  4. Aunt Evie says:

    For some reason I hadn’t realized I never read this blog until finally catching up with e-mail.
    In the meantime, one of my very dearest friends, Sharie Husted Van Gilder, dropped dead 10 days ago from a heart attack (with absolutely no symptoms.) Her life was meaningful to me!! I know she enjoyed your blogs, Paulette.

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