"It is the primary task of parents throughout their lives to convey the young a sense of optimism. Whatever other obligations we have to our children, a conviction that we can achieve happiness amid the losses and uncertainties that life contains is the greatest gift that we can pass from one generation to the next. Like all the values we wish to teach our children -honesty, commitment, empathy, respect, hard work- the supreme importance of hope is taught by example. If we can retain our good humor and interests in others even as the curtain closes, we will have contributed something of inestimable value to those who survive us. We will have thereby fulfilled our final obligation to them and expressed our gratitude for the gift of life that we, undeserving, have been given and that we have enjoyed for so long."
--Dr. Gordon Livingston, Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart