I found myself at an old age home and an orphanage after spending some of the best time in my life, I had these tingling thoughts in my mind. Fast forward couple of weeks, I was wishing my mom on her 70th birthday.
We spent the day together. The plan was just to do things that she likes to do. Being a movie buff, she wanted to watch movies! We watched 102 Not Out and Nude, back-to-back! Aah! What fun-filled day it was!
On that day, I had the same tingling thoughts in mind that I had put aside few days back. This time I paid attention. There it was staring right at me! My lesson. Spending time with children and elderly people makes us grow, in many terms. This is indeed a very simple lesson but an important one, especially in today’s world. We are living in a bizarre time. We have technology developing every millisecond to keep people connected yet the number of lonely and depressed people is increasing at almost the same speed.
I have spent many days and occasions with my parents (they are more than 60 YO), other elderly people and children but this sudden realisation was a new relief.
These people are so full of life! How wonderful it is to feel amazed at every new thing you see. My mother was so amused by the motion sensing water taps in the shopping mall that she insisted on going to the washroom every other hour. She still makes me take her by the escalators and not the elevators, at least once during our visit to any of the malls, just so that she doesn’t go out of practice. And, I can’t describe the feeling of achievement that radiates from her face when she completes a ride on the escalators. Similarly, on the other day, the children at the orphanage were more than happy while making paintings on the walls of their classrooms. Really, that is all it takes for them and even us to be happy! Simple joys, excitement about tiny little things and fun things to do.
Image courtesy: Rashmi Patil-Suralkar