MISSOURI, June 27, 2016 – Many seniors suffer from arthritis or other types of chronic pain that prevents them from walking without the aid of some type of medical equipment such as a walker, cain or wheel chair. The millions who can no longer nimbly get around take medicines to alleviate pain, use a cane, walker or wheelchair to get around.
Instead of sitting home, isolated and lonely, we walk as well as we can toward our future. Over the years, I have been one to stop and help, and now I am one thankful to being the recipient of random acts of kindness. Only recently, now the rip age of eighty six I have worried about the up coming generation relative to their compassion towards their fellow human beings.
This week my wife of sixty eight years and I went out for lunch, versus dinner and as as lot of seniors like to do. Nothing more satisfying than a big lunch out in a restaurant followed by a nap at home with a snack and finally a light dinner.
As we parked-in a disabled parking space I had what we affectionately call a “senior moment” in that I failed to put the walker in the car. Now this might not sound like a big deal but when you can hardly walk without that walker it turns out to be a very big deal.
Now it is decision time as we discussed what to do.
Adding to the drama I am a diabetic needing to eat as I could feel my sugar level plummeting. This being the case the sugar level was the deciding factor – we were going in.
Getting out of the car, we started “shuffling along” with very small steps and the pain being horrific when all of a sudden a worker came out of the restaurant offering one of those random acts of kindness, asking if he could help me. He offered me his arm but this did not offer me the stability I needed to safely move forward.
He then turned around, becoming a human walker of sorts, allowing me to grasp his shoulders and walk me into the restaurant. Then, with great forethought, he said sir when you get ready to leave I will be here to help you.
Now this is at lunch time and all of the “beautiful people” are having their lunch hour and the restaurant is busy. We finished a great meal and my wife went to the kind gentleman to let him know we were ready to leave and he immediately stopped what he was doing and came over and offered me his shoulders to rest on in order to take me not to the front door of the restaurant but to our car.
Saying thank you and adding a heartfelt May God Bless You he said he appreciated being able to help me. This to me made this day worth of sharing. Because on this day, I met a nice man.
However that’s from a time and place i am from