Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Young and the Old--How do you treat them?

The Little Boy and the Old Man

Said the little boy, "Sometimes I drop my spoon."
Said the old man, "I do that, too."
The little boy whispered, "I wet my pants."
"I do that too," laughed the little 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.
--Shel Silverstein

This week at work (I am the Director of Nursing at a home care company, so I deal with situations in all of our 6 offices), we've had situations in two different counties, one with a child and one with elderly people in which, as an agency, we reported our concerns for their safety to the county and were basically told that nothing can be done until something "bad" happens. (As an agency we worked hard and went "above" the call of duty and was able to sort out the situations and find help on our own.) How sad, that as a society we have stooped to such a level that we really care very little about the welfare of children or the elderly. I could launch into a long rant about our government's mixed up priorities, but I'll spare you.

I just want to challenge everyone to look at those around you and don't look the other way when you see someone in need of help. Stop and give an elderly person a hug or just talk to them. They have wisdom far beyond our years. Often they just want someone to acknowledge their existence. Take the time to listen to a child's story or answer their list of questions.

Proverbs 16:31 The hoary (white or gray with age) head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

Matthew 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

1 comment:

AmyG said...

These kind of stories break my heart. I believe that a people can be in part defined by how they treat their elderly, handicapped and children.