“The Little Boy and Old Man” - a short story by Shel Silverstein.
“Said the little boy, ‘Sometimes I drop my spoon.’
Said the little old man, ‘I do that too.’
The little boy whispered, ‘I wet my pants.’
‘I do too,’ laughed the old man.
Said the little boy, ‘I often cry.’
The old man nodded, ‘So do I.’
But worst of all, said the boy, ‘It seems Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.’
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand, ‘I know what you mean,’ said the little old man.”
The holidays can be especially hard for the elderly. Over the holidays I visited with many friends who were depressed or sad. Many of them miss family and friends who are either no longer with them or don’t live close enough to spend time with them. They look back fondly on memories of holidays when they were younger and with their children or with their parents and miss them. The holidays are an especially difficult time if tragedies such as fires, accidents or a loss of a loved one occurs. If it’s not possible to go visit with a parent, grandparent then consider just picking up the phone and calling them, this can make them happy for the rest of the day. They didn’t leave you when you were young so don’t forget them now that they are old.
“Hold your parents [and grandparents] tenderly, for the world will seem a strange and lonely place when they’re gone,” William Luce.
Consider even an elderly neighbor that could use some kindness sent their way not just during the holidays but every day. It only takes a moment of your time to show kindness and share a kind word. The holidays are always hard for me but at a time when I needed it the most a kind person sent me an email this week thanking me for always showing kindness, for taking the time to share my thoughts with others through this column. You never know when a simple kindness can touch someone and in return warm your heart.
So thinking about things that warm my heart I would be remiss to not mention that I look forward to our weekly visit with friends over donuts and coffee. Sharing time and words of kindness does the heart good every day of the week. In a palace in Clinton, at least once a week I feel like a queen. Isn’t there someone you know who could use a bit of kindness? The year 2018 is off to a good start when we give to others from a caring heart.
“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody. I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat,” Mother Teresa.
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