# 5 Socialize With Some Old Folks
One of the several types of people the Bible tells us to honor is the aged. Leviticus 19:32 says, “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.”
In the same verse, we’re admonished to fear God and to honor old men. Now there’s an idea that doesn’t get a lot of press these days. All our advertising, all our values it seems, reflect the desirability of looking, acting and thinking young. We’re so afraid of the idea of growing old that some of us have forgotten the necessity of growing up.
You’ll do your children a great favor if you’ll teach them to respect and enjoy old people. You know that 90-year-old World War II veteran at church? There are fewer of his generation around each year. Soon they’ll be all gone. And when they go, they will take some priceless things with them.
Those shaky old men were children once. And they grew up in neighborhoods where there were aged veterans from another generation, another war. Those were the Civil War veterans.
That means that when your child shakes hands with a World War II vet, he’s very possibly shaking a hand that shook a hand that carried a rifle at Bull Run or Gettysburg or Appomattox. He’s shaking hands with history.
A lot of those old guys are still around and most of them love to share their experiences with kids. Your children can learn things they could never learn any other way. And when they themselves are old, they will look back and cherish the deep, enlightening conversations they once had with people whose memories could transport a listening child to a world he had never seen.
Or you can buy them video games.
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