Wow, what a great day you had. I love learning and listening to the older wiser folks. I always keep in the back off my mind, an image of them as a young person. Just because they are older and they look more worn, the body doesn't work as well as it did, doesn't mean that that young person isn't still in there.
We have a neighbor (farmer) who we ride the horses over to visit. Very interesting life stories. He was telling us the other day about a friend flying his plane in and landing in the pasture. He got to fly in it and what a thrill it was. It was back when they still had to turn the propeller to start the plane and how scared he was.
"Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened..."
- Anatole France