A few weeks ago, I held open the door of a McDonald’s in Cloquet, Minnesota, for an elderly man who was shuffling toward it at a glacial pace. When he realized I was holding the door for him, his face brightened and he thanked me as if I were a long-lost friend. He told me he was ninety-three, just a shade older than the 1918 Cloquet fire that laid waste to most of the city. He offered a few more kind words before heading to the counter to place his daily order. I got the impression that he didn’t get to talk to people as often as he would have liked. I found myself wondering if he had outlived most of his friends and loved ones, and if so, what a lonely existence that must be. For a brief moment, I had opened the door to his world and let a bit of sunshine in. I received something of equal value in return: a grateful smile and a genuine moment of human connection.
That encounter triggered a memory from nearly ten years ago. As a hospice volunteer, I do massage on terminally ill patients. One Sunday I was sent to a nursing home in St. Louis Park to work on a woman who had Parkinson’s. From appearances, I guessed that she was days away from leaving this world. She was lying in bed, unable to speak or move. I massaged her back and right arm for about twenty minutes. At one point I said to her, “If you’re enjoying this, can you blink once? And if you’re not, blink twice.” She blinked once. Before I left, I caressed her forehead, gazed lovingly into her eyes and whispered, “God bless you.” Her face, which had been expressionless, became radiant. Her eyes sparked and her smile seemed to come from the depths of her soul. I maintained eye contact for an extra few seconds to honor the gift of her life. I can see and feel the beauty of her smile to this day.
The elders among us are many, and getting more plentiful by the day. At some point, you and I will hopefully join them. Sadly, seniors are routinely discounted and discarded by a society that values youth and vitality. If we had our priorities straight, we would respect our elders for their hard-earned wisdom and revere them for doing the hard work that made our lives that much better. From this day forward, I am challenging myself to reach out to older people whenever an opportunity presents itself. It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day; a kind word or a friendly smile can make a world of difference, and, at the same time, a difference in the world.
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