Giving Someone Joy
Yesterday on the river, we encountered two men paddling a canoe. In between them sat a very elderly-looking gentleman, perhaps their father. As he passed my friends, he called out a very cheerful and quite excitable, “Hello!” And when the canoe came alongside mine, he repeated the gesture, his eyes sparkling, his face with such an extremely joyful expression. My friends and I commented on the old guy, wondering about his story. Were those his sons? Was canoeing something he had enjoyed as a younger man? How wonderful to have sons or companions to give such pleasure to someone.
As our parents age, we can’t forget the things that give them pleasure. While they may not be able to relive activities in which they once engaged, we can do our best to give of our time to bring joy to their lives. Even a small gesture can mean so much.
Daily Gratitude: Seeing the faces of my kindergartners eating popcorn for the first time.
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Quote of the Day for YOU: Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. ~Samuel Ullman
The best sandwich? Sesame semolina roll with fresh buffalo mozzarella, fire roasted yellow peppers, minced fresh basil, Jersey tomatoes, drizzled with EVO and fig balsamic vinegar all pressed in a panini grill. That would bring me joy!