Loneliness and Old Age
What picture comes in your mind when you read the title ‘Loneliness and old Age’? Maybe an old couple feeling neglected, easier imagined then felt. I am not even kidding, here is a true incident of what I encountered in the summer of 2017.
I was sitting in
Indian Coffee house, waiting for my friend…
“Hello dear if you don’t mind, can I sit here ?” An elderly with feeble built, winter white hair and coffee in his hand asked.
“Yes, sure sir” I replied.
I was astound of all the empty table, why he has asked me ?! Before I can think any further he spoke” If you don’t mind I want to ask you a question, don’t get me wrong though I am a senior person”
I quickly said “Yeah, sure sir. “
There was a strange silence for a while between us, then he mumbled “Is it bad to expect from you children?”
I was astonished why is he asking this? But
And the turn of the events…
Then that lonely elderly person, told me his entire story how his son and daughter-in-law are not capable of spending time with him and how he feels so lonely. I listened all his sorrows and misery, about how alone he is after his wife’s demise.
He said” I felt better talking to you and sorry for wasting your time and mind me if I crossed the line”
I replied” Not at all uncle, you take care and be engaged in something or other”
Think. Re Read. What are we doing ? Are we really up for this , just think?
That was my encounter and my story…hope we all learn little bit from this!
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