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The Age of Earned Respect
by Jeanette Cooper
Sunday, July 11, 2010
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The Age of Earned Respect
People treat you differently after you age
They don’t greet you as the personality you’ve always been
They look at your façade, mentally labeling you an aging child
And manufacture courtesy to make you feel you’re age ten.
Of course, wherever you go, there are young employees
Probably from eighteen to late twenties in years
They have no thought that they will one day grow old
Unwittingly believing they possess the fountain of youth,
the sweet little dears.
There was a time when they looked at you with respect
As if you might know a little more than they
Now they see you, an aging version of humanity
Wisdom shriveled up in burned-out cells, old with decay.
I wish I could tell the population of youthful youngsters
That wisdom comes with age and getting old
That youth and life is a set of building blocks composed of
A search, a conquest, a trial and error challenge that unfolds—
Into wisdom with age.
I wish I could tell them that every small experience
Brings a thought, a feeling, and another step toward mental growth
Filling the hungry mind with seeds of knowledge
That grows into wisdom and intelligence both.
I wish I could tell them to listen to their elders
Whose experiences include trials, failures, challenges and success
Recorded by the wise old sayings of man’s journey through life
That offers guidelines for the less wise toward being their best.
I wish I could tell them to show respect
Not for a wrinkled old body, but for the storehouse of the mind
That still feels young and full of beautiful life
Revering life’s continued blessings of every known kind, while
They smile at the challenges tackled by young people
Who refuse to listen to their mentors, parents and elders
Who once walked a similar path of growing pains
as they now do in helter-skelter.
© 2010 Jeanette Cooper



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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
Your words speak volumes for we who have those wrinkes that come with the adavancing years of age that we cannot stop....M
Reviewed by John Flanagan
So well written, Jeanette, just so well written, compelling reading for this reader.

Reviewed by Dayvid Graybill
Our culture, unlike many other cultures, puts a huge emphasis on youth. I sometimes wish we older folks (I'm 55) would be more valued like they are in other cultures. But on the other hand, I am proud of our youth today. They have taught me so much about adaptation and adjustment to new and increasingly fast-paced situations.

Reviewed by John Turner
Jeanette, I am living proof of the correctness of your writing. At 81 I just graduated with my GED. I quite school in 1943 after completing the seventh grade. I was told that my living a long life would make up for the years I missed. Well, I was in class for about 200 hours and I passed, being the oldest person in SC to graduate. I certainly don't need it at my age, however, it is very satisfying. Of course, I have written three books and three dz. songs. Not everyone has done this.
Reviewed by JMS Bell
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Absolutely! I just wish the next door neighbors on my left hand side of the apartments I live at would respect me and my twin sister! Just yelled at a little two year old child because she kept banging on the door; they are driving us past the point of insanity! And the parents don't care: why else would they leave a little two year old child unsupervised in 90-degree heat?? And they also yell at the kids and cuss at them and expect the oldest son (a teenager) to be the parent while they sleep or play on the computer! We are about ready to call the police or CPS on them!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
absolutely well said!
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
So true, Jeanette. This is insightful and honest. Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Paul Judges
Very well achieved poem
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
I appreciate the wise philosophical perspective that you have shared via your verses here, Jeanette. Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by George Carroll
I remeber saying when I was a little boy and my ball went into an elderly man's yard and when I went to get it he yelled at me, I looked at him and said weren't you ever young?
Reviewed by Paul Berube
Excellent indeed. Well done, Jeanette.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
Jeanette, I love this...soooooo much wisdom in your lines!
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
I remember my days when I did not listen to my parents and believed their advice to be just so much talk, but now at 55 I wish my dad were still around to counsel me with his sage advice...good write...ed
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