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42.4. A Celebration of Grandfathers by Rudolfo A. Anaya

42.4. According to Anaya, how should we deal with the process of old age and death?

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I am reminded that it is too easy to romanticize old age. Sometimes we forget the pain of the transformation into old age, we forget the natural breaking

down of the body .... My grandfather ,pointed to the leaves falling from the tree. So time brings with its transformation the often painful wearing-down process. Vision blurs, health wanes; even the act of walking carries with it the reminder of the autumn of life, But this process is something to be faced, not something to be hidden away by false images. Yes, the old can be young at heart, but in their own way, with their own dignity.


A Celebration of Grandfathers