After I got started reworking the www.chatullis.com I went to work teaching for the University of Oklahoma (O.U.) intergenerational Elderhostel and I've truly had the time of my life with all of the people I've been involved with. From the O.U. staff to all the Grandparents and Grandchildren to the staff at the Roman Nose Lodge, these people are in my heart. Most of the students are from far away and don't have a clue who I am and it's a wonderful gift to me to be able to share my stories and lessons I've learned with people who are interested and hungry to learn. This program is also a great tool for Grandparents and Grandchildren to have one on one time to bond. Its also a good way for me to find an outlet for telling my stories to someone new and discovering the importance of trusting others to carry them into the next generation. Every time I start a new class I get a little stage fright until I look into their eyes and see a need to know. Its at that very moment that I recall my Grandmothers words when I was just a boy, she would show me something or tell me a story and then say "Remember this and you remember me".
On July 4th Teena and I along with all four of the kids went to Missouri to celebrate the 100th birthday of my Grandmother. We spent the day at my parents ranch where Grandmother has lived for the past year and we shared cake and stories of life. Grandmother is well and mostly spends her time looking at cards from family and friends, watching some TV, eating whatever she wants, watching television and sleeping. When it was time to come home I went to Grandmothers room to tell her goodbye, she had gone to take a nap and I was surprised to find her awake. She ask for a drink of water that I quickly fetched, I told her we were going home and she teased me about moving back home and we laughed a bit. Then in a calm like no other she spoke the most powerful words I've ever heard, my 100 year old Grandmother said "I love you". Grandmother has always been vocal with her love but it was different this time, it was as though she knew its all we really have to give and its all we really need! "Remember this and you remember me".
Sharing the Journey