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A Manner of Speaking Jan/Feb '98

by Bonnie Neugebauer
January/February 1998
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FutureThink was the title of the workshop Roger and I presented at NAEYC with help and support from experts in the field. We talked about what the future might be like, what our challenges and opportunities will be. But when I think about the future, I am also concerned about who I will be. Will I be smart enough, perceptive enough, strong enough, courageous enough, wise enough? Will I be one of the feisty older women I so admire or will I be overwhelmed by change and technology?

As we are getting older and as one by one they become grandmas, my friends and I talk and analyze as we have always done. But now, instead of talking about how to be Earth Mother or Wonder Woman or Super Mom, about doing it all or about getting any of it done, we talk about what kind of older people we want to be. We discuss the relationships we have with our parents and the relationships we have with our children.

On sunny days, we know we can be whoever we want to be, that we can consciously construct who we become, that we can build and remodel the relationships in our ...

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