I have been thinking about grandparents for quite some time. Yes, about grandparents and the role they play in society.
If you could figure out the word «grandparent» in one word, what would it be? I guess the answer depends on what kind of grandparents you had. But we might agree on «wisdom,» «experience,» «love,» and the like.
Many people had or are fortunate enough to have grandparents, 4, 3, 2, 1, or none. It is also likely that if they did not have one, they would have found a similar figure that meets the abovementioned definition.
I have noticed that when people reach a certain age, they are not considered for a job, to attend an event, as a target for a product (especially a technological one), etc. I am saddened by this «discrimination». This year, I saw the movie «The Intern,» I just confirmed what I thought: an older person can be overqualified but still contribute significantly to a company. I believe that feeling useful is healthy for them.
A while ago, I had to create a story inviting action; it was an assignment, and I thought of grandparents. Here it is:
When Someone Comes…
A grandpa is sitting in a rocking chair on the porch of his house. His arms are resting on the armrests. The sun begins to set behind him, creating a warm and pleasant atmosphere. She looks straight ahead, but his gaze changes when he sees someone approaching. It is a young man; it could be a grandson or someone close to him. He has a smile on his face and a bag in his hand.
The grandfather gets up from the rocking chair and approaches the person with open arms. He seems excited to see someone who remembers him. The young man takes something out of the bag, and the grandfather examines it with interest. Grandpa is happy and grateful for the visit. The young man went to give something but received more than he gave.
Do you feel identified? They need our care, help, and company. Visit your grandparents, if you are lucky enough to have them, or someone else’s grandparents. You will get back more than you give.
Then, for another subject, I needed to do a service project; my audience was grandparents. With my family, we went to visit grandparents who were sick, who lost children, felt alone, or their children moved away, etc. I was pleased to have that opportunity. Now, I need to make a video for a brand, and my audience is grandparents.
Every day when I go to exercise, I pass by a senior center where many grandparents get together to dance, play flute, sing, do yoga, etc., and I love to see them. I think I see my grandparents in each one of them. Six years ago, I moved to another country and said goodbye to my four grandparents, but I thought I could see them again; I did not think that this farewell was «The farewell,» and it was. Of the 4, now I only have one of my grandmothers in this life. I have tried to keep many memories because I don’t want to forget all the experiences, wisdom, and love I received from them. In the meantime, I will continue to look for opportunities to raise my voice for the grandparents.
When was the last time you visited/wrote to your grandparents? Visit your grandparents, if you are lucky enough to have them, or someone else’s grandparents. You will get back more than you give.