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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 gentle 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…”
“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 mesmerized 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 reveled 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 by 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 speech 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 humor 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.
The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those
with 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 woman who taught by example that it’s
never too late to be all you can possibly be .When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they’ll really enjoy it!
These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.
We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give
Evangeline1985 Evangeline1985
37 Responses Feb 17, 2013

She reminds me of my great great grandmother who I mis so vary much
Hugs from Holly

ty hugs to u too

Well found and thankyou for posting it, thankyou!

thanks for the post

Beautiful, thank you. Some people here are assuming the story is made up. I see no reason to assume that. Last year, I had a student who was 89. Unfortunately, he had to give it up because of macular degenration. But he had the same ***** as the woman in this story.


A tear to my eye!! Wonder if its a true story??

Wow, just logged on to full site and saw the pic

a big salute to ROSE. I love the message..... and i always remember it. for sure i'll try to follow the same. Thank you very much for posting it here......


This is a truly amazing story! I love the message! I think it needs to be published, whether it be in the newspaper etc. <3

Wow!Beyond words.Thankyou Evangeline.Yes! I love 'The Rose'!

thank you for sharing that - wish there were a lot more Roses in the world and not so many sad old and young people :)


What a fantastic story Evangeline - thanks for sharing with us :) Reminds me of a woman here who had all the money she could ever want, but she refused to be labeled as the woman who "just did lunch" so she got her undergrad and her JD all in one sitting.......at 75 years old. Amazing feat for Rose!


Thanks for sharing this.Really growing up is always a option which is often neglected by many.Growing up with a grace is indeed a great skill.

:) you are welcome.. you are right!.. grace makes everythin so beautiful


Nice! Especially with the photo - makes it very real!

Thank you for sharing :)

That was awesome. I can pick myself up and start moving forward. Thanks Rose

this is touching

right on, rose!

so true

Awesome story! I am sharing this on FaceBook

Read it, loved it.
Glad it wasn't dead time!
Congrats on meeting Rose.

I am awed =]

This is a great story everyone should read it!

This should not be hidden here...it should be broadcast to the world

Thanks for a lovely post.

OMG that's so sweet and inspiring thank you for posting this! :)

Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story.

Oh my gosh, I am tearing. I love this so much. I love people like that. I want to lead my life the way she led hers. I want to die leaving something behind for others to pass on. Thank you, deeply, for sharing this wonderful, inspirational story.

seriously? this is true? o.o

I was feeling "old" going back to school at 37 years old...so thank you for posting this!!

im speechless oh wow . what a wonderfull story. what a bless for u to have. God bless u

i luv it

Nice one, thanks for sharing!

Verry true thanks for sharing

you are welcom


Very inspiring story. Thank you for sharing!