Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Of being good, better and best

I have always considered myself good with the elderly folks.  With babies, children and teens, not so much because there isn't a strong spark.  I can blend in with them but it takes more effort.  

With the older folks, I love to hear their points of view.   I don't agree with everything I hear.  It gives an insight to what goes on in their head and an excellent way to learn more about their lives.

Being good, in my books, means being able to empathise with them and not being patronising.  I can sit and listen and pay attention to what they have to say.  Most of them just want to talk.  Reminisce about their youth, their life and, some of them, even their regrets.  The majority do prefer to share the stories of their achievements and I believe this is good for them.  It's what being old should be all about.  This is why it is a good reminder to live well and to make memories: happy ones to look back on and to smile about.

I know that in the last  years, Stephen has been very good to his Mom.  Despite having a full-time employment, and being on his own for so long, he has done a remarkable job of seeing to everything for her well-being.  

Alone, he was good.
Together, we are better.
We may not be the best
but we are surely very near to it.

In the right light, at the right time,
everything is extraordinary.- anon


  1. I know how hard it can be - to care for our aging parents. Sending cyber-hugs for you and Stephen! No one sees the good you do, and in the end, it does not matter: your hearts know.

    1. Of course, I agree with you. It's never about who knows and this is a good reminder to me and to Stephen. :)