Tuesday, August 21, 2012

SENIORS: The Senior Memory/Talent Show

My grandpa Baker was born in 1904, and my grandma in 1905.  1904 was the year of the 3rd Olympic games and the World's Fair in St. Louis, MO.  They went from horses and very simple automobiles to the modern cars we drive now.  There were HUGE changes in music, movies, and communication.  They survived the Great Depression and while we don't think twice about an epidemic, they watched millions of people die from influenza (the flu) from 1918 to 1919.  Millions!  I remember when my mom and dad bought my grandma a pantsuit.  It was orange and I wouldn't be caught dead in it today but that wasn't why they had to talk her into wearing it.  My dad was born in 1937 and my mom in 1940.  They were teenagers in the 50's and 60's. 

Sadly for me, my grandparents are with Jesus but I LOVE hearing the stories about my parents and grandparents and how they grew up.  I LOVE IT!!

If you want to pass on what it was really like to live in the 20th century to the kids and give the seniors a chance to feel validated and valuable, as well as have a great time, provide dessert and produce a Senior Memory/Talent Show.  Instead of a youth talent show, get the seniors involved and have them share their funny memories and songs or talents.  They would love it!  They'll bring music and talk about what it was like to witness things like the mania surrounding the Beatles, Elvis Presley, and what the golden years of Hollywood were really like.  They'll share where they were when Pearl Harbor was attacked and when Kennedy was shot, and how politics and patriotism have changed.  They'll talk about going to church and experiencing the same traditions kids experience today.  They will have the greatest stories you've ever heard and if you're really lucky they'll show you how to dance...

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