Saturday, January 26, 2008

Takes one to know one

My mother was a psychology professor at the University of Denver. She used to teach a class on late adulthood to the PsyD graduate students there. Noting yesterday that old age is rough, she added these wise words:

If you're young enough to teach that class, you can't really understand what it's like to be old. But if you're old enough to know better, you're too weak to teach.


JeanMac said...

There's a heck of a punch in those lines.

"his-self" said...

My father who is 89 tells me often these days that he didn't mind getting's being old that's a drag.

Mauigirl said...

Sounds like your mom is still pretty sharp!

My mother does not think she is old. She refuses to use a cane because it would "make her feel old." So I assume she feels she is not old!

Her grandmother was the same way. When she (my own great-grandmother) was living in a nursing home at age 92 she used to talk about "all these old ladies who live here" and how she had to help them tie their shoes.