A Short Story – “Rose”

A Short Story – “Rose”

A Short Story – “Rose”


This little story is somewhat touching and filled with hope with a moral, “you are never too old to follow your dreams”. I don’t know where this story came from or wether its real or not, but I like to think it’s a true story. Thank you to the anonymous sender.

A Short Story – “Rose”

“An 87 year old College Student named Rose”

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know.

I stood up to look around when a gemntle hand touched my shoulder. I turned round to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, “hi handsome, my name is Rose, I’m eighty seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.

“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.

She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”

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“No seriously ,” I asked. I was curious  what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

“I always dreamed of having a college education and now i’m getting one!” she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerised listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience  with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she revealed in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us.

She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three or five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed, she leaned into the microphone  and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this Whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speach back in order so let me just tell you what I know.”

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “we do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humour  every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.

If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.

Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t  take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.

Have no regrets.

She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.

At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful women who taught by example that its never too late to be all you can possibly be.

These words have been passed along in loving memory of Rose.

The Rose

Sung by Bette Midler and release in 1980

I know this song well, it’s a song I used to sing myself years ago on karaoke and I always believed the song had a powerful message.

That’s all folks, enjoy the sun while we have it today as the rain is coming…

Take care of you and yours,

Sue x

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