"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

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Visiting with Grandma and the Old Folks

The project: Spend time with an elderly relative and her friends.

Three hours - this can take as little or as much time as you have available. We managed to work in a lunch date between morning studies and afternoon ballet class before heading out of town tonight.

Why bother?
Grandma doesn't hear well anymore, and she doesn't remember what she said five minutes ago, but she remembers a LOT from the past, is pleasant, laughs easily and enjoys company. She's a joy to be around.

It's also necessary for children to spend time with the older generations. So much can be shared, learned and enjoyed.

Worth it?
Yes. She lives in a retirement community (apartment-type setup with a shared dining area). Many of the residents enjoy the attention a visit from our little girls brings. The girls enjoy it, too. And I love to hear Grandma's laugh.

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