Betty and Aaron
In my Ethics class this morning, Dr. Dufault-Hunter talked about virtue ethics and the way our character develops.
She told a story from her church community about Betty and Aaron. Betty and Aaron were both widowers who married in their 80s. In their consummate cuteness, they decided to celebrate their anniversaries every month because they didn’t know if they’d live for another year.
These two were the prayer-supporters of the whole community. Aaron, in his 80s, even learned how to use email because he knew that people wanted to communicate their needs in this way. Instead of being consumed with their failing health, they prayed, they followed-up, and they gave of themselves.
Dr. Erin said they were the most contented people she had ever met.
The quick lesson is that who we are today carries on into eternity and our old age. Betty and Aaron didn’t just wake up at age 82 and become prayerful, compassionate folk.
In my life lately, it is tough to remember these things–that every thought and whisper and action (or inaction) is shaping who I am, and who I will be at 82. “Eternity in our hearts” takes on new meaning when I think of Betty and Aaron. I like these reminders.