How lucky are we that have or had parents and grandparents that have done exactly this for us? Those that have provided that safe haven that gives us a place to escape from the reality and pressure of the world. A place that allows us to travel back in time, relive moments of our childhood and just be one with the world.
I think about this every time I go home to my parents. They still live in the house that I grew up in and I often still sleep in the same room that was always mine. As I lay there at night falling asleep, I am transported to another time and place where things were simpler. I know that no matter what, that bed is always there for me, the front door is always open and there will always be a meal on the table for me should I need it.
Years ago, when I was in my poorer days, there were times when I would go days without eating simply because I did not have the money. When my parents found out about this, you can imagine how that went over. Every time I would go home they would have me go “grocery shopping” in their pantry to ensure that I was going home with food in my cupboards. Every time I am home visiting them and go into that pantry I think about that and know that is one of the many reasons that I have such a compassion for doing for them and others today.
There are so many people that never get to experience the wonderful feeling of knowing that door is always open. For one reason or another they have been estranged from their families. Something they did when they were younger caused them to be exiled from their home. Or they just grew up and lost the need for their families and forgot the value family brings to their lives. However, there are so many where the families still mean the world to them. They understand the benefits of being in each other’s lives and sharing as they grow.
One of the reasons that I made “connecting the circle of life” one of the missions of this program was because I saw a need for ensuring that children always remember those that paved the way for us. I felt it was important for them to understand that our elders are to be honored and revered. We tend to forget the elderly in the time when they need us most. When we ensure that our door is always open as much as theirs is or was to us, it is only then that the safe haven we all desire will be available for all generations.
Have a great weekend and remember to be the reason someone smiles.
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