First of all , let me say that giving a title to your post is most cumbersome Job. A right title might increase the readers manifold ( My personal experience) but that right title is very hard to find. Whatever..
When in a community Park for my evening exercise, I noticed an old women also having rounds of Park. But she was too old to do the rounds ; and in her walk, there was not the enthusiasm of a jogger but the laziness of a time passer. So i guessed that she was just another LONELY OLDIE !!!
To talk with her, I crossed her path and did the NAMASTE.
I got a beautiful response in return and within minutes, both of us were sitting on a Bench in park. Of course, she didn’t want to Jog. She had been a professor in Banaras Hindu University in 80s and Literature was her specialization. A little comment here and there revealed all her inside tension; she was Lonely she confessed. Her Sons had little a time for her and Grand kids were too busy in celebrating their Youth she said. So her day passes like a mountain Journey and she is only waiting for the Death God.
This is just the one Incidence; World is filled with such Oldies. With ill hearing and seeing capabilities, they are fighting with the days. Laughing at the old Incidents of life, having proud at old achievements, getting happiness from the Settled life of Sons and Daughters. The purpose of their lives have left behind, the worth of their experienced minds is nothing.
whenever, I spot an Old lonely soul, I do TALK. Always their achievements in Young days amaze me and also it prepares me for the fate after 50 years.
Old people are vulnerable, Physically and emotionally. Many robbers befriend an oldie and then rob their house when invited for a Tea. Its very simple, Its very common. But what is the fault of Oldie? He is human, a social animal, an animal that needs someone other to communicate. But whom would he communicate?
He don’t have a work, no boss no subordinate. He don’t have a romantic life, and no such aspirations as well. His sons are much too busy and daughters are sitting miles away with their husbands. He has nourished everyone but all have flied away; He is still there, unwanted and unheard. His vulnerability is natural.
Giving them attention is our moral responsibility, they are dying to talk. No one asks them How was their day? Who remembers their anniversaries and Birthdays? They have nothing in World, no one to care for them. Increasing number of Old Age homes is a direct indication of this.
But Believe me, they are a Sea of knowledge and experience and many of them even have a great Sense of Humor.
Just like the Dialouge in Queen Movie ” MERI SENSE OF HUMOR BHUT ACHI HAI, AAPKO DHEERE DHEERE PTA CHALEGA ”