We have in our community, a group of older people, all 75+ years old: wonderful (mostly) single women who have lived a life of giving, gracefully. Interestingly, most of them stay with their daughters out of choice. They all gather in the evening around 5 pm for a chat, discussing all kinds of topics under the sun. Some of their daughters, mostly over 50, are also single, highly accomplished women.
One evening, I bumped into the senior citizens and discovered that their daughters were travelling (separately, on work). It broke my heart when I realised they would be returning to empty homes to have dinner alone. Fortunately for me, my large family was travelling, and I had a quiet house, so I could host them in comfort. I invited them home for a light dinner the next evening. Three of them came, joining my parents and me the next day. All of them had such a raucous time laughing and chattering; it was fun to watch them. It was almost like seeing grown-up, carefree kids, the way they let their hair down laughing and giggling over small jokes.
I had a warm feeling the rest of the evening and felt it’s really nice to make other people, especially older folks, loved and cared for.
Love makes the world go around !