A young couple had Neighbours who were senior citizens,the husband around 80 years old, and the wife about 5 years younger.The young couple were very fond of the elderly couple and made it a point to visit them and have coffee with them every Sunday.
They observed that the old lady would bring the coffee bottle to her husband to be opened, every time.The thoughtful young man gifted the lady a gadget, without her husband’s knowledge, to easily open the bottle,and showed her how to use it.
On their next visit, the old lady once again brought the bottle for her husband to open! The young couple was amazed! Had she forgotten about the gadget? When the opportunity arose to be alone with the old lady, they quizzed her about this.Her reply made them speechless….
She said: “Oh, I can open the bottle myself, even without your gadget! But I get him to open it so he feels he is still stronger than I am and thus the man of our home…….that he remains useful to me as always; that I still depend on him; that togetherness is the main ingredient of any marriage….we don’t have many more years of life in us, and togetherness is of utmost importance……”
Never underestimate the wisdom of the elderly. Our parents/grandparents may not be bringing in money any longer, but their guidance alone is priceless. You may have a fruitless tree in your garden, but at least it gives you shade……you will not cut it off, now, will you? Looking after the elderly and infirm should be looked upon as a blessing.
Author: Rtr PP. Rangeesh
Rotaract Club of Patna City