My Advice to Younger Generations


Parental example is a powerful teaching tool. 

Passing down our wisdom to future generations

is a time-honored tradition.  My Dad asked us questions

and taught us how to think ahead, to problem solve,


and to work hard.  Our mother taught us a love

for reading, writing, and gave us the best gift

of all:  piano lessons.  Music is food for the soul

and lasts a lifetime.  Education was highly valued.


Our parents read aloud to us daily.  At dinner,

we were asked about our day at school. It saddens

me that the art of cursive writing seems no longer

taught.  Texting has its place but can never


replace the wonderful tactile experience

of holding real books, turning pages and

reading aloud to our young people.  Libraries

offer story time.  Bring your children.  Allow


them to select books which interest them.

Make religion, philosophy, or meditation

part of your family life.  Learn a foreign language

beginning in elementary school.  Spend more


time playing family board games and less on

television and computers.  Spend time in nature

no matter the weather.  Journal.  Look through family

photo albums and talk about family history.


Involve children in 4H activities which include

both city and country groups.  Bring your children

to museums and symphony concerts.  My parents

gave us a love of learning.  No one can take your


education away.  Planting a garden allows kids

to learn about growing seasons, and a variety of

flowers and vegetables.  Teaching children how

to cook and sew are invaluable skills in life. 


Travel is a great educator.  Learning about

geography, history, cultures, countries, peoples,

and languages.  Remember to do your best are

words we heard often.  Work hard in life!



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12 Responses to My Advice to Younger Generations

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    You have so many things to be thankful for. The photos show you had a happy childhood, Mary Ann.

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  2. cindy knoke says:

    What a lovely family.

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  3. Darlene says:

    All great advice. I too had a happy childhood. I was just today chatting with a 17-year-old young man at the pool. The topic of playing family board games came up and I was pleased to hear that he and his family still played board games. We compared notes and even though there was over 50 years difference in our ages, I played many of the same games as a young person as he does now.
    I mentioned that we didn’t have a TV when I was young so we entertained ourselves with board and card games. He said, “But you remember the games better than you would have remembered the TV shows.” Such wisdom from one so young. Hope your summer is going well.

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    • Darlene, thank you for such a delightful comment. That young man is beyond his years in intelligence and in wisdom. How special you met and conversed with him. Our family especially loves Scrabble. In Massachusetts, we played Authors and Old Maid card games. Lucky you to have met such an outgoing and smart young man. Enjoy your weekend. Good to hear from you! oxox

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  4. Arno Bode,Cologne ,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    wieder eine Gelegenheit Dir zu deinen Ver├Âffentlichungen deiner Famliengeschichte in deinem Blog meine Bewunderung zum Ausdruck zu bringen. Ein brillanter Bericht aus dem hervor
    geht wie gl├╝cklich Du sein kannst von Deinen Eltern Familiensinn, christliche Werte und Ideale
    zu deinem Lebensweg vermittelt bekommen hast…
    Alle M├Âglichkeiten zu einem Leben in Harmonie wurden Dir vermittelt.Deine Fotoserie dokumentiert dies in einer ├╝berzeugenden Weise.
    Gl├╝ckliche Jahre mit neuen Generationserlebnissen warten sicher auf Dich.
    Dir, liebe Mary Ann , Russell und deinen “Kindern” w├╝nsche ich eine gl├╝ckliche Zeit.
    Das Leben kann so sch├Ân sein, man muss es nur mit dem Herzen sehen.
    Alles Liebe und Gute w├╝nscht Dir
    Dein Arno

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    • Lieber Arno,
      vielen Dank f├╝r Deinen hervorragenden Kommentar. Das Leben ist sch├Ân, wenn wir nur alles von Herzen sehen. Meine Familiengeschichte ist eine voller Liebe zu meinen Eltern als Vorbildern. Sie demonstrierten durch kraftvolle Beispiele, wie man voll und ganz lebt und im Moment ist. Wir haben starke moralische Kompasse und nehmen mit unseren musikalischen Talenten an der Kirche teil. Ich bin f├╝r immer dankbar, dass ich unterwegs in Deutschland studieren und wunderbare Menschen aus der ganzen Welt kennenlernen konnte. Immer die Hand ausstrecken und die Freude des Augenblicks einfangen! Alles Gute und Liebe f├╝r Dich und Deine Lilly w├╝nscht Dir
      Deine Mary Ann ­čÖé ­čÖé


  5. Brilliant, brilliant advice!

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    • Khaya, what a beautiful comment! Much appreciated. From time to time I think it necessary to remind young people of life’s essentials for good living. I hope you are well and enjoying some good weather. May you have a good week ahead. Thank you once again for making my day! oxox

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  6. maria giudice says:

    Always is a pleasure to read your wisdom word missing old time ,I got Cinzia girls here my house,last night in bed we started talking about my pass my siblings Chiara she was so interesting she ask so many questions,,,she’s wanted to know more,,Sorry Mary Ann my mistake I want to Congratulate you and Ross future mew addition to your family so happy for all of you guys,sincerely zia Maria and zio Joe .

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    • Maria, thank you for commenting on my blog. You probably recognize baby Tom in Grandpa’s arms. About that same age as Tom, I am in my Nana’s lap looking on my baby sister as Grandpa held her. And so it goes for generations. Please say hello to all. I wish Emily and Vinny best of luck with a babysitter for their new daughter. Russell and I will be visiting with them next week for a few days. Grandchildren are so loving and listen to all the family history stories. Kids always want a story told. Thank you, Zia Maria and Zio Joe for your well wishes and enjoy Cinzia’s girls! oxox


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