What’s the best predictor of your child’s emotional well-being? It’s not great schools, hugs, or Pixar movies. Researchers at Emory University found that whether a kid knew their family history was the number one indicator. Raja Badr-el-Din and Mark Valentine of Ramblin’ Stories, both 23 years old, intuitively knew that. They sensed that without the stories of elder seniors, their lives would be somehow less rich, and their struggle would be greater. That’s when they cooked up a scheme. They fixed up a 1973 Chevy milk truck and took to the road, recording the stories of whatever elder showed up. Along the way they learned one of the great truths of life, plus how to get a cheap hot shower on the road.
Their adventure reminds me of something I would have done at their age…and would still do! Oh, that plus Ken Kesey’s magic bus ride of 1964, an event that touched a match to the powder keg of the 60’s.
Rock on guys! Be the change…
What you will learn from Raja Badr-el-Din and Mark Valentine:
- About our connection through Aging2.0, an organization supporting innovators taking on the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging.
- The loss they felt not knowing their family stories
- Young people want to know the stories of their elders, but are not sure how to start the conversation.
- Talking with older people resonates with younger people
- The biggest thing we can do as a species is listen to each other
- How talking with seniors gives them perspective
- Their goal is to foster intergenerational communities by promoting a culture of storytelling around older adults
- 1973 milk truck is an elder magnet
- The trick they use for showering on the road
- The math for determine what’s “old”
- Smuggling cheese during the war
- One of the secrets of life: people who did what they loved stayed young and full of life
- How they are learning to avoid the big black hole
- John Prine’s “Hello In There”
- The single greatest factor for a child’s happiness
- Zig Ziglar’s lesson about vocal nuance
- What survivors valued from 9/11
What Would Be So Cool!
It would be awesome to hear how you like this particular show. How can you do that? Hey...it's easy! Just use one the social share buttons o the left. And be sure to tag me when you do. I love hearing from you!
To get the very latest tools, tips and technologies I think might help (or sometimes...not) boomers and their aging parents, be sure to follow me on Facebook. That way you'll always be up-to-date.
If you are so moved, check out this page for a variety of ways you can support the show. Not all require money (although that helps a lot)...some are freebies I offer that just help us stay in touch.
If you are like me, you listen to podcasts on iTunes, so it really helps to get a positive review there. Just click here to do that, with my thanks!
However you choose to engage...please let me hear from you. That helps me help you...with more and better tools, tips, and technologies that enable us to dance into, past and through our sunset years.