Almost all are animals today. Come on now, who can resist? But first, two other items.
SOUTH KOREAN GRANDMOTHERS LEARNING TO READ
”Illiterate all her life, [Ms. Hwang, who is 70 years old] remembers hiding behind a tree and weeping as she saw her friends trot off to school six decades ago.
“While other village children learned to read and write, she stayed home, tending pigs, collecting firewood and looking after younger siblings. She later raised six children of her own, sending all of them to high school or college.
Ms. Hwang is part of a South Korean experiment to fill empty classrooms by holding classes for illiterate adults.
"...local residents, desperate to save the 96-year-old school, came up with an idea: How about enrolling older villagers who wanted to learn to read and write?
"Ms. Hwang and seven other women, aged 56 to 80, stepped forward, with at least four others asking to be enrolled next year.Now they travel to and from school in a regular ol' yellow school bus".
“'They are eager to learn,' said Ms. Jo, the teacher, about her first-grade students. 'They are probably the only students here asking for more homework.'”
“Unlike other classrooms, the first graders’ classroom has a sofa and a heated mattress. During breaks, the older women sat on the warm mattress and buried their feet under blankets. They also kept a basket of candies for the second graders next door who occasionally came to visit.”
With growing confidence, due to the new skills they are gaining, one of the older students is thinking of running for president of the village women's society.
Photographs and more information at The New York Times.
THE NEW OLD PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SUCK
Lachlan Patterson is a Canadian-bred comedian, writer and actor. In this clip from his standup act, he tells us what future old people mid-40s generation - will be like.
CATS WON'T ALLOW THE DOG IN THE GARDEN
As the YouTube page says:
”Our fearless outdoor cats never let the neighbor's cute little dog enter our garden. Whenever the dog tries to sneak in, she gets chased out of the garden by our brave & awesome cats.”
EDITORIAL NOTE: From this point forward all the text in this post is bolded. It's not supposed to be. I just spent four hours trying to fix it (I'm usually good at this kind of stuff) and failed. AFTER FOUR HOURS WORKING ON IT. On the day after chemo when neither brain nor fingers are working well. Phooey. I'm done so you'll have to live with it. Sorry.
Meercat's First Birthday
Not much happens but it's all cute.
BABY POLAR SURPRISES A SEAL
Or maybe it's the other way around.
BABY BROWN BEAR FINALLY MAKES IT TO THE TOP
This is one determined baby. It's easy to feel his frustration – I run into several similar problems in other contexts every day.
A BACKYARD FULL OF 200 SHEEP
I laugh every time I watch this and I'm pretty sure you will too.
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.