Lesson 2: Never Stop Learning

I love to learn. I consider myself a student more than a teacher. I’m always asking questions and wondering about things. My parents instilled in me that an education is something nobody can take away from you. Our grandparents lived during a time when a formal education was more of a luxury than a norm, yet the mindset was that learning could happen anywhere. This is a lesson we are living as we navigate the new norm of learning virtually from home.

Whether you receive a formal education, or learn a trade, Bop and Gram never stopped learning. Bop was good with his hands. From an early age, about 8 or 9 years old, Bop acquired the skills that take some years of apprenticeship to learn. Once his family moved to 123 Wood Street, he recalled leaving the house after breakfast, not returning until dinner time. His days were spent playing in the streets and hanging around a tinsmith shop. 

Gram was always around her aunts and mother who were teachers. Learning was just part of her life. Gram was fortunate enough to go to college, which in her lifetime wasn’t the norm for a woman. She went to the University of La Verne in Southern California. While she majored in Home Economics, she didn’t finish her degree.  However, she continued to take classes offered through local organizations and she loved to attend events at her local library. 

Both Bop and Gram learned about people and the world through travel. 

An added lesson here is that Bop only went to school through the 6th grade, it didn’t stop him from continuing to learn and grow until he was 102. No matter what, there’s always something to learn, and you’re never too old to learn!

Thanks for reading, come back soon for Lesson 3.


Author: Kristen Hahn

Creative and passionate realist. Daughter, Sister, Wife, and Mom. I believe in the power of our mindsets, education, and being the change we wish to see in the world. We do better and find more joy when we embrace our imperfections and speak up about what we want to change.

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