The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. Old age has its pleasures, which though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth. Old age is also called the second childhood, and is a time when one needs love and care of the near and dear. This is something which we realized when we visited Guruvishram Old Age home with a few students of classes V and VI on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
The inmates were very hospitable and friendly, and they welcomed us with their beautiful smiles. To break the monotony of their lives, we sang and danced with them. The students then presented the residents, whom they addressed as dada, dadi, nana and nani, with Diwali greetings, sweets etc. We were able to make out that they were very happy to have us there.
Ms. Suman, the administrator at the home, was overwhelmed and said that the children had come with a lot of preparation, enthusiasm and with good intentions.
Though we spent only a few hours with them, they made us realize the value of our grandparents and the tenderness with which we need to take care of them.
The children realized that the opportunity, words and loved ones — once gone, they never come back! After spending the day at the old age home, their love for their family, particularly their grandparents grew stronger and deeper.