"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Monday, February 16, 2009

Keeping Grandma Company

So, I discussed whether or not this counted as a "charitable deed" for the sake of the project. Why is it debatable? It's a good deed, right. But the problem with this project is most of these acts are things we should do anyway, on a regular basis, without expecting credit or reward (though a simple "thanks" is always nice). My adviser and I decided it counts. Plus, if it reminds others to take care of family, fantastic!

The project:
Lunch with Great-Grandma

90 minutes, excluding the 50-minute drive time to her place.

Why bother?
The girls' great-grandma lives in a assisted living situation now. She can get around, has her own apartment in the facility, but has her meals with most of the other residents in the conveniently located group dining room. While Grandma's memory is certainly fading, she knows us when we come and she has great stories to share; she just forgets that she's only just finished telling us the same story. With patience, it's a great visit. And it gives her something to do besides stare out the window, read, or watch TV. (I've never seen her TV on there. I don't know if it even works.)

Worth it?
Absolutely. I always learn something new when I visit Grandma, and she's quick with a laugh and a smile. The girls enjoy her company, and I think it's really important for children to see that (the vast majority of) elderly folks aren't scary curmudgeons, but important members of our society.


  1. This is a great reminder to take some time everyday to appreciate the people in our own families near and far...sometimes ordinary acts of kindness can have extraordinary meaning in peoples lives. Great blog by the way!


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