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A salute to older Americans

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

You never know exactly what a young child sees when they look into the eyes of someone who has seen so much more.

That is why the Senior Assistance Fund of Easter Washington (SAFE), a non-profit that provides financial assistance to aging Americans, asked Elementary-school children to write about the 'older Americans' in their lives.

In doing this, so they got a much clearer idea as to what these children see.

Madison Gorst, 12, sees how her grandmother, Ms. Frankie McNeil, holds her family together.

Aubrey Lobdell, 8, sees the beautiful home and beautiful heart of her long-time neighbor Bev Olson.

Dylan Greene, 7, sees how much of a 'rascal' his great-grandpa Dallas really is.

And Maddy Streeter, 10, sees more confidence in herself thanks to the work of Logan Elementary school music teacher, Mr. Mike Mattoon.

Madison, Aubrey, Dylan, and Maddy, although they see very different things when they look into the eyes of Frankie, Bev, Dallas, and Mike, share that same clear vision - vision protected with a lens of innocence, youthful clarity, and unconditional love.

Even if you don't write an entire essay about them, hopefully Madison and Frankie, Aubrey and Bev, Dylan and Dallas, and Maddy and Mike inspire you to look closely into the eyes of your favorite 'older American' to properly salute them.

A special thanks to Joyce McNamee for her work with SAFE and for her commitment to Eastern Washington's fantastic contingent of 'older Americans.'

This story is dedicated to my favorite 'older Americans,' Bernie, Joanie, Bob, and Marilyn, and was written in loving memory of Selma, Erg, and Betty.

 

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