Happy Friday, Have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the car show on Main St. Hutch!

Most of my friends and people that I spend time with tend to be from my generation and around my age, people that tend to be like minded and have similar values and views of the world.  There is nothing wrong with that, but it is amazing how much you can learn from people across different generations and backgrounds. Working at Prairie Independent Living Resource Center has given me the chance to work with a variety of people with diverse background s and experience.

I have worked with a couple of groups of wonderful volunteers from The Volunteer Center this month. Most of the volunteers that work with the volunteer center come from the older population in our community. They are from a very different era than I am. Usually with the volunteers, I can instruct them on the task and then go back to my daily tasks at PILR. This month with the fair around, it was a little more difficult to have a full room of volunteers. So, to compensate for the small shortage, I would helped out more than I typically would.

I felt like a fly on the wall inside that room, hearing all the stories about their husbands, children, and grandchildren. To see the pride on their faces when talking about their loved ones is so sweet. Then there are the times they recall a family member or spouse passing away. They open up to each other so easily like they have been friends for ages, even though some have never met before this volunteer opportunity.

What I find most interesting is their view of young people today and how they worry about the changes in work ethic and their point of view on social media. One lady mentioned that part of the reason she doesn’t like Facebook is that it just seems too cluttered, it gives you so much information that you don’t care about and you can’t find the information that you think would be relevant. I have noticed that more lately as well, not being able to find updates from my close friends and seeing all those ads.

I lost my grandparents when I was still a child and I miss the moments that I spent with them. It makes me happy to hear about grandchildren calling to check up on a grandmother. My husband and I try to meet weekly with my grandmother-in-law for lunch. Maybe you don’t feel like your grandparents, great-grandparents, or even your parents deserve your time, but there will not always be time to spend, nobody lives forever.

Treasure the time that you have and make good use of it, before you know it will be gone and time is not refundable.

-Karrlita F.