a couple of things come to mind....
1. my 14yo son is ALWAYS offering his help to the elderly; he automatically shovels a pathway when it snows for 4 of our elderly neighbors as he doesn't want them doing it. when they offer him money, he politely declines. one time he saw one of our elderly neighbors walking down the street with 2 bags. he told me to stop the car, got out and took her bags to her house- which was around 4 houses away.
i think he got into that habit when for years, i see these elderly barely walking along the city streets and then they'll stop to rest then resume walking again. these are feeble, frail elderly, in their 80s/90s. so i have always stopped my car, got out and walked up to them to see if i could give them a ride....some have accepted, most have declined. it's very scary to watch though.
2. i don't know why but the following always gets me in tears because of the sensitvity shown.
when my mother was in the icu, non-responsive, two of her friends (i'll call them will and bill) brought her in audiocassettes- knowing mom loved to read, they each took turns reading from her favorite book(s) and brought these audiocassettes in so she could listen to them....this must have taken hours and hours to read aloud (2) 400 pg books....then they took a picture of mom's dog, had it blown up and hung it in her room. i fell in love w/these guys; we talked for hrs. the main friend, bill, asked me "your mother didn't talk about her homosexual friends?????????" LOL but he was so serious. i later found out from mom's dh that bill was an fbi agent but he could get kicked out if anyone from the fbi if anyone found out he was gay. and then my stepdad continued to tell me some of the secret missions that bill had accomplished and that this guy was top notch in his field. this man was lovely, sensitive and totally there for my mother. to this day, he visits my stepdad daily and george (stepdad) says he still cries, missing my mom.
but it still amazes me for those 2 guys to do all that vocal reading so mom could listen, knowing she was in a coma...
- it still gets to me, the way some can express their love so thoughtfully and sensitively....mom certainly was loved by her neighbors and colleagues (she was a senior probation officer in wash dc superior court)...and for many, her being gone just still isn't real. i need to get bill and will's address and write to them. i can see why mom loved them so, esp bill the fbi agent....will was bill's so.
ok enough rambling. but wanted to brag about my son and talk about my mom and her friend bill.
thanks for listening.