Sunday, March 02, 2014

The "Delegates"

It's always a delight to meet new people.  As I age it seems most of the people are in my age range.  Seldom in their 20's and 30's.

However, a year ago, I was privileged to meet four individuals in that age range.  Paul, Deidre, Patrick and Jamie.

Before the night was over, I knew and secretly hoped that I would see them again.  I have, many, many enjoyable times.

We have heard and seen good and great music.  We have traveled by train from LA to Seattle and back both enjoying the ride, the food, the scenery and the music.  We've had delicious dining out  and home cooked meals together as well.  I certainly always look forward to seeing each and every one of them.

It has been very interesting to see this generation from up close and personal.  To see their determination in their careers and in their personal lives.  They are kind, compassionate and smart.  I always get a hug from Deidre and Jamie............some times even from Paul and Patrick.  How wonderful is that?

Paul and Patrick are the sons of my friend Bob.  Both are in their 30's.  Deidre and Jamie are in their late 20's.  Sharp, intelligent and aware of the world.

If anyone is worried about what the younger generation is going to do,  about whether they are going to be upstanding citizens and take care of the World.......stop worrying.  I actually wasn't worried, previously.  Now I'm even more reassured.

New seasons are happening for these four.  New jobs, new living arrangements and I can hardly wait to see
what happens next.  Luckily, they do stay in touch!

I was thrilled that my last night in Houston we all had dinner together along with fun and good conversation.
The evening ended with hugs........from all four!

I count myself a "lucky lady" to have "The Delegates" as my friends!


Peter Kouwenhoven said...

As a member if the "Me Generation" I am happy in the knowledge that the younger generation is a lit less selfish than mine. Thanks to Dr. Spock we were raised to expect to get whatever we whined for. Our young people will set the world right again...

Babs said...

I sincerely hope you're right Peter. I have a 23 year old grand daughter who is so much more aware of the world and life then I was at that age, for sure. I have great expectations.

Anonymous said...

I think those who complain about the young must not know any. I think the younger set is exactly as you described -- aware, hard-working, conscientious, and more. I feel bad that we as a society have saddled them with so much debt -- Social Security and Medicare for their elders, student loan debt, existing funded debt of the Treasury, etc.


Kim G
Boston, MA
Where we occasionally contemplate Oscar Wilde's maxim that "Youth is wasted on the young."

Babs said...

Well, I think the fact that student loans are charged interest is beyond horrible. As far as Social Security and Medicare, I paid and am still paying for mine, so luckily I've haven't fostered that on anyone....
The salaries young people are making today stagger my mind- more money then I could ever have imagined making at a young age, even taking inflation into account! I'm optimistic about life for the young.

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Anonymous said...

Well, I can't comment on your specific situation with regard to Social Security, but you have the myth down cold. The fact is that people generally get more out of SS than they put in. And that problem has historically been papered over by the fact that there were always more young people than old people. However, that is in the process of changing quickly, and as a result, young people (who mostly don't realize it) are being royally screwed by most such programs. If you're curious about the specifics, Google "stanley druckenmiller intergenerational inequity." Druckenmiller, a hedge fund manager, and George Soros' former right-hand man, has made this into a cause and did a college campus tour to try to get young people to at least realize the extent of the problem.


Kim G