Three Generations Take the Leap, Go Skydiving Together

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 19 September 2011

photo courtesy of EchoPress.com

Talk about a day you’ll never forget: skydiving with your dad.

AND, your grandpa.

Skydiving fan or foe, be inspired by Anna Roers’ unique multigenerational 25th birthday celebration, as reported by Echo Press.com, covering the Alexandria, Minnesota region.

Reporter Stacie Kimball implied that Grandpa Marvin (age 83) seemed more amazed that Anna came up with such a wild idea in the first place; jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet was nothing.

His response to the adventure? “It was great.”

Also getting in on the fun was Anna’s brother Aaron, and her dad, George. In fact, she had only asked them (and several friends, who declined) to join her first, but George encouraged her to give Grandpa a call – a thought she never entertained, and one that now forms the basis of a priceless, precious memory.

Grandpa Marvin was the first person Anna saw after the 55-second free fall (they clocked in at 120 mph). She tells Kimball: “We smiled as we walked toward each other, and I said, ‘Wasn’t that awesome, Grandpa?’ and he just smiled.”

And my heart melts.

Today, do something multigenerational, something out-of-the-box. Invite your mom & grandma to Happy Hour with the girls. Take an older neighbor and your best friend to a kickboxing class. Instead of the typical drive-thru detour, bring your grandchildren along for a visit to/meal with a lifelong friend in assisted living.

What multigenerational activity ideas would you suggest? Or what memorable multigenerational experiences do you have to share?

-Michelle Seitzer


There are 5 Comments about this post

  1. [...] Three Generations Take the Leap, Go Skydiving Together [...]


    on 17 October 2011 / 9:16 PM

  2. A senior trying skydiving is definitely amazing. This only shows that age doesn’t matter when it comes to adventurous things. Also, this can also sort of encourage seniors to live their life to the fullest while they still can. Do things they haven’t done before and to remain active. Just because you’re already a senior means you cannot do things like this.


    on 14 July 2012 / 12:36 AM

  3. Very true, Beatrix. Live life to the fullest and always stay active, no matter what your age! Appreciate your comments and hope you’ll visit the blog again.


    on 16 July 2012 / 12:49 PM

  4. Wow incredible! I have yet to try sky diving. I still haven’t built enough confidence to try it. Good on grandpa! Interesting post I really liked it. Maybe I’ll be able to try it some day. Just not today… I’m still a believer.


    on 12 March 2013 / 12:48 AM

  5. Pretty cool, right? I think I’d be the same, Tommy…I don’t have enough confidence yet to try it out. Glad you liked the post though!


    on 12 March 2013 / 6:02 AM


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