I have been gone all day, singing. We are not even at home for the next half hour because the July 4th weekend is busy for the elderly & WW2 vets, and we must set up for tomorrow. Up, down, in, out…Setting up a very small sound system… The weekend is full of festivities.. Our elders worked on this affair and deserve the honor. It is not ‘top pay.’ Just a little. I sang “Long ago and far away“, a song that Jo Stafford made famous in 1943. I watched as tears welled up in the eyes of an older man. He was from “Da Bronx” (that’s what he said) The man had just lost his wife, and was so very sad. He served in the military during WW2.
I sang the best I could, of course. There was, however, a hair stuck in my throat. The whole dang time I was singing, it irked my tonsil! So, when something like this occurs, one says to oneself: ‘fake it ’til you make it.’ Which is what I did. At the end, I sang “Cabaret.” I sang these great older songs with all of my heart. The elderly deserve it- that and anything I can give them with any talent God has blessed me with.
At the end, many came up and thanked me, shook my hand and I asked God to please bless each and every one of them. A sweet older lady in a wheelchair came and thanked me and then proceeded to pour out her heart to me. Her daughter had stranded her to the elderly home. ‘Just dropped me off’, she told me, and “What do you think of that?” What could I say? I am embarrassed. Sickened with the gen x’ers. I wanted to stay with her all day long to soothe her pain & loneliness.
It dawned on me that it is easy to care for and love a baby because they are cuddly and cute–not so easy to love an older person. Many are on depends, have lost their memory, dementia has set in, etc.. A basic commandment most Americans cannot seem to follow anymore “Honor thy mother and father” Why? That it may be well for YOU. That thy days may be long upon the land that the Lord, thy God giveth YOU. So, if you refuse to honor your mother and father.. Don’t complain when it is not going well for YOU.
Think about it. Think hard. They sacrificed so much. We give so little. Shameful.
May God please be with our elders in these horrible and challenging times.