This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. Sometimes, wonderful lessons for growing older are right under our nose. Or, as in the case of “The Book of Charlie” author and Washington Post columnist David Von Drehle, across the street. In 2007, soon after he and his family moved from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City, Von Drehle struck up a friendship with his chipper neighbor, retired anesthesiologist Dr. Charlie White, then 102.
“That underlined a lesson for me that I learned from my mother: We need to keep making friends in life because we might be among the genetically lucky who are fated to have long lives and if we don’t keep making friends, we’re going to find ourselves alone,” Von Drehle told me.
““Charlie was born in the age of horse and buggies and lived to see people on the International Space Station. He was born before radio and lived to own an iPhone.””