© 2017 by Delia Grenville

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SABBATICAL STATE OF MIND

Insight - Friendships across Generations

November 15, 2017

 

“Isn’t your friend Martha 80 something?”  Our son waited for confirmation. 

 

“You are the same type of people, Mom."  He smiled.  “That’s why you are friends.” 

 

Then, he paused in a moment of pensive reconciliation. “Didn’t know it worked like that — you know, getting along with people. Cool.”  I didn't really get a word in.  Plus, I was mesmerized by J's observation.

 

Our friends were exceptional in how their hospitality included everyone. 

 

Bill, our host, entertained us playing jazz improv. Then encouraged our son to take over the keys and play his pieces and to improv as well.

 

Our tween had added to the discussion over a wonderful dinner. The gathering had exposed him to inter-generational friendship. 

 

How often do we create opportunities for tweens and aged-experience adults to be in the same conversation?

 

It is important for these two generations of spiritual teachers to interact.  J’s insight reminded us, as parents, that we all can learn from what is shared when friends across generations are in conversation with each other.

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A visionary technologist by day, Delia is also a published author and public speaker, often focusing on topics of project management, research practices, user experience and diversity in the workplace. Involved in the community and external business world, Delia co-founded Designing Me, an organization that steers professional women into executive and leadership positions. Her Got Strategy workshop assists junior and mid-level professionals in setting and executing a career strategy.