Mary Jo Brown: Spend time with your elders
September 7, 2014
Whether you're a writer, poet, performer, artist or a parent, there are mornings when you get up and make the coffee but can't find the drive needed for the day. The will is not there and creativity is stalled, which is just part of life. Ideas for articles are hard to come by at times — like this one — but fortunately, while listening to music or talking to someone, the ideas start flowing again.
In my collection of things to be completed are a few manuscripts that need to be typed. When I go into a place where there are books on shelves, I think to myself that my name could/should be on a bookshelf. I enjoy visiting secondhand stores, as it is a great place to find good reading, and although you may need to look around some, you can find books that are treasures. It's fun sifting through lost treasures of tomes from the turn of the century, to the 1950s and further back, and to books of the past that are bold and beautiful.
Many things from days gone by should be revisited and appreciated, and not just books or artifacts. There are experiences remembered and shared by parents and grandparents, which show insight into times past and carry forward history of not just that person but life as it was then. As youngsters, we don't always appreciate the stories shared by the older generation but often wish we had listened more when we are grown.
In the everyday world of hustle and bustle, it's important not to forget about those who have limited mobility due to health, age or whatever has occurred to bring them to that point in life. It is often easy to get wrapped up in the daily routine that doesn't include those in that situation, an unfortunate "out of sight, out of mind" situation. Including others shouldn't be a chore and could be something as simple as a phone call to see how they're doing. It's often hard for those with the ups and downs of having kids, a job and friends to realize just how alone a person can feel when tied to their home. They still may be able to get around and do things for themselves, but they're not able to go out on their own, resulting in limited human contact and interaction.
We need to remember our older generations and appreciate that they are still part of our lives, visit them and listen to them, giving them our full attention. Take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and experiences of a time gone by that are priceless and too easily lost when the elderly are gone. Visit someone, share stories, perhaps a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the time spent with someone who truly will appreciate the experience.
Happy birthday greetings go out to Michelle Morris and Sarah Burch, with belated wishes to Anthony Zurich and Chuck Zimmerman.