The years teach much which the days never knew. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sunflowers that are young and lush are pleasing to the eye while they blossom in the fields...but in reality, they are virtually until they are dried up, almost dead flowers. That is when they really hit their stride.
We miss out on a lot by our societal neglect of the oldest generation.
The soul's dark cottage, battered and decayed,
Lets in new light through chinks that time hath made. ~Edmund Waller