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I know this is your busy time of the year, so I will make my wish list short.
What I would most like for Christmas is what many people my age would also like. That would be for employers to examine their reasons for not deciding to hire older and experienced people.
So many of us have many years of experience to offer employers, but they would rather commit us to the glue factory because they feel we have lost our usefulness.
They seem to forget that youth and education is all fine and well, but experience only comes with passing of time.
If they were to put themselves in our shoes and view the current situation through our eyes, they might understand that we are not dead and we shouldn't be treated as such. Hopefully, they will remember that they will soon be joining us in the age issue game and they may find themselves put out to pasture well before they think they are ready, just as they have done to us.
It will be interesting to see how well they are willing to accept all the experience that they have accumulated over all the past years tossed away and considered as useless as they have now become in someone else's eyes. All the long hours that they worked and the sacrifices that they had to make to their family are now as useless as yesterday’s newspaper.
I know that this is a big request on such short notice, but I hope and pray that somewhere out here in this wonderful world of ours, a little Christmas spirit still exist in all of us and with a little help from you, some of us older folks will get what we want for Christmas and that being, we are still a valuable part of the human race with a lot to offer if given the chance. That is our wish for this holiday season.
Happy holidays to all.
What a wonderful letter. Your letter adorns the walls and bulletin boards of my colleagues, my own included. It is a poignant reminder of the important work we must accomplish together, measure by measure.
Thank you for sharing your "wish" list. It is a beacon that will help guide our intents and efforts in the New Year.
Marci (AARP Workforce Issues Team, Water Cooler community manager)