my generation

this is just the bestest, most wonderfulest, make-me-feel-warm-and-embrace-humanity video i have seen in a long time. i dare you to try to watch this without smiling. you will fail (and, therefore, succeed).

oh — before you watch — a bit of background, via mikey (who gets the ht for this anyhow):

Background: Lead singer Alf is 90 – it’s quite something when he sings “I hope I die before I get old.” And he’s not the oldest – there are 99 and 100-year-olds in the band! The Zimmers will feature in a BBC TV documentary being aired in May 2007. Documentary-maker Tim Samuels has been all over Britain recruiting isolated and lonely old people – those who can’t leave their flats or who are stuck in rubbish care homes.

for more info: http://www.myspace.com/thezimmersband

6 thoughts on “my generation”

  1. Oh man…this totally reminds me of the lady I met a few weeks ago during my skydiving adventure. Katherine (goes by Kat by the way) was in the group that was going before me and she was so excited! She showed me pictures of all (and I mean ALL) the grandkids, then she put her dentures away and headed for the plane. I immediately gave her info on our church saying, “You know, it’s not everyday I meet a 70 year-old woman wanting to jump out of planes.” Her response was, “Hey chicken wing, I’m not 70, I’m 78!” By the way, she has started coming to our church and is with our SAMS group (senior adult ministry) cooking and swimming down at summer camp! I LOVE IT!!!!! Did I mention Kat has jumped off the huge swing that we have at camp that goes into the lake…and somehow got a diving competition going on where all of the adults were IN the competition and the KIDS were judging! It was awesome!!! I will NEVER view belly flopping in the same way again!

  2. While we oftentimes complain as youth leaders about the way in which the elder generations treat us and our youth, this video also makes a good point, that it can be said much in the reverse as well. Both sides sometimes write off the other as having anything of value to contribute.

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