I stopped by to see my neighbor this week. She is in her mid to late 80s and we like to keep an eye out for her. She was a nurse for many years, raised 4 kids, and was married to conservationist for 60 years. [He used to study the migration patterns of the turtles in our local pond.] She has a quick wit, open mind, and wonderful perspective on life. I can only hope to be as "in touch" with the world in my 80s.
Mrs. R invited me into her home and we chatted for about 15 minutes. When I asked how she was doing, she told me she had just been feeling sorry for herself. She missed her husband.
I was glad I stopped by.
She began talking about the oil spill in the Gulf and how angry she was about this incident "that should have never happened." She said her husband would have been heart broken. I had never seen her in this light.
She began to reminisce about all of the advances she has seen in her lifetime: antibiotics, city wide infrastructure, land development. She said that to some degree, the advances have developed more problems for us.
I was so glad to have stopped by Mrs. R's house. It gave me a chance to see life through her eyes. It gave her a chance to talk to someone about her feelings. I found that this 'one moment' resonated in my mind throughout the day and week.
I need to stop by to see her more often.
'one moment' this week? What took you out of your present moment and made you wonder, smile, remember?
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