Due to the Covid restrictions, the best thing to do was to go for nature walks during the Christmas break this year. While I was walking near the river, I noticed an Aunty doing stretches, and I was impressed by her motivation. After a couple of days, while walking, we crossed paths, and I greeted her with a quick hello, and she stopped and smiled back. She wanted to talk, and I was ok with it. She was happy when I mentioned how good it was to see her doing stretches. She shared a few things about herself, and I was able to show her a few stretches that I knew.
She opened up and shared more about her life which was full of sacrifices and hard work. She explained how elders feel when they are not appreciated and respected. I was saddened to hear this. She was visiting her family here and was stranded for the time being due to the travel restrictions. Things were not looking the best for her, and she was looking forward to going back. We had a good chat, and she wanted to exchange numbers so we could talk again.
She smiled as I left and thanked me for stopping by and talking. I felt the lightness in her heart and sense of relief. I walked home thinking about how much our parents do for us, and deserve our care and love. I will remember what I learnt from this interaction. I don’t have my parents around anymore but will try to make elders know they are special whenever possible.
We need to remember the contribution of elders towards us.
~ Rupa Om