Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Old Lady Next Door


She is my next door neighbor.

She is an old lady in her late 70s.

She had a fall recently and she now moves around with difficulty.

She feels very frustrated and sad because of her weak and flimsy legs and her inability to walk far.

She desires very much to walk outside the front gate to talk with neighbors and friends, but is unable to do so now.

Most of the time, she just sit on a sofa, staring blankly at the TV; she has got tired of watching TV.

This morning, I walked over to her place to borrow a torch.

She was very happy to see me and went immediately upstairs to get the torch.

When she walked towards me at the front gate I could see her legs shaking.

It was not easy for her, I told myself.

She shook her head, grumbling about her legs.

I told her to be thankful that her condition was far better than most old people.

We had a long talk and we smiled and laughed satisfactory.

Thinking back, I am thankful to God for my neighbors; they are the best.

And especially to the old lady who has taught me a lot about life and living.

2 comments:

Don E. Chute said...

You can Pay It Forward, and help your neighbor, feel more relevent.

I am only 51 years old. Disabled. It mostly only effects my upper torso, but walking without pain is nonexistent.

Enjoin the rest of the neighborhood to get her a walker, or even an Electric Chair.

You can make her life, enjoyable again.

Peace, Love, and Understanding--Elvis Costello

sundcarrie said...

It is very nice that you spent the time to talk with her. I am sure that helps her to feel better.
On that note I am only 32 and I know how it feels not to be able to walk. I broke my hip 17 months ago and it took me a long time to get back to somewhat normal.