Green Side of the Grass

Green Side of the Grass

Last Sunday, February 9,  freezing rain and snow started around 6:00 a.m.  Due to the slippery roads, a lot of people could not make it to the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Afterwards I was talking to a friend, a senior citizen like myself, from our smaller than normal crowd. I commented that a lot of folks were missing and that the extremely cold weather is not going to disappear very soon. My friend responded by saying: “There is one consolation. Every day is one day closer to start of spring.”

Since we are both senior citizens, we slipped into a conversation about the difficulties that go with getting older and the problems created by the unusually cold weather. By chance, later that day, I recalled a humorous YouTube video of a song about the difficulties we face as we get older. The lyrics make me smile every time I play it. The song is called “ The Green Side of the Grass.” I feel confident that you will enjoy this one. Hopefully it will give you a positive attitude, no matter where you are in life.

This past Saturday many of us celebrated a funeral for the mother of two friars from our Cincinnati area. Their mother was ninety-nine. My classmate recalled all of her virtues and told of her wonderful personality. She was intelligent, forever-learning, kind and adventuresome. As we sang, prayed and celebrated her wonderful life, I think we all sensed how Florence is still with us in spirit. She was an inspiration. Even now, when she is on the other side of the grass, we can rejoice at God’s wonderful gift of life.

Whatever your age or situation in life, praise God that you are on the green side of the grass.

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About the Author

Dan Kroger, O.F.M., a native of Cincinnati, joined the Franciscans in 1967 and was ordained in 1973. He taught high school and served in rural parishes in the Philippines. Dan earned a Ph.D. in Christian ethics at Notre Dame. He also taught at De La Salle University, Manila, until he was assigned to his present post as publisher/CEO at Franciscan Media in 2006.