The sands of Time are settling down on 2018.
Time, is a gift to us all. And how quickly it passes us by. This I realised as I observed a little old lady having her lunch in a popular restaurant, renowned for its hamburgers and good coffee. I had popped in after doing my shopping, and felt I needed a “spoil” after the Christmas rush, and to make the new year my own, with a little celebration of my favourite – banana milkshake !
This was quite uneventful, until I saw the little old lady, stricken with age, with a question mark for posture, stand up and begin to reach for her two wheel walker. This with the help of her, I ‘m assuming, granddaughter. The scene began to painstakingly unfold as she finally got in the position to begin her shuffle toward the door. She looked up, and began to move forward. Then to my amazement she stopped and with confidence, did a little bob-bob-sway-sway dance, with a sweet smile on her face, and a twinkle in her eye – all this as she caught and held my gaze. I was delighted, gave her a big smile, a wave, and a thumbs up sign. Not a word was spoken, not a word was needed as she expressed her mischief and her sense of humour.
She continued her epic shuffle to the door, but before she got there stopped and did the bob-bob-sway-sway dance again, but this time to the waitresses who were watching her go. They all waved and clapped their hands in response to her happy presence, and called out to her “goodbye Granny, come again” Her smiling granddaughter looked up, caught my eye, and we just beamed at each other. I thought to myself, I hope I can age as gracefully as this little old lady has shown me today, and that I can retain a sense of humour and playfulness into my ripe old age.
It was a moment in time, …. and it put a smile on my soul as I watched humanity play itself out before me. I got more than a banana milkshake for my new year’s celebration ! I got a lesson on life, and saw how the Aged and Elderly among us are special, and need to be seen and appreciated – and applauded !
So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.