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Don’t Mind the (Generation) Gap

Me and my grandmother.
I miss my grandmother.  She died when I was only four, but I remember the night that we lost her.  Sometimes I wonder what advice she would give me if we were able to talk today…

It’s no surprise then, that growing up I always had a fondness for elderly people and have felt a great loss for not having had grandparents my entire adult life.  Until recently I’ve only lived this as a loss.  But about seven months ago, I signed up to be a “friendly visitor” to an elderly person through an organization called The Second Mile.

Aldo holding my hand.
After a background and reference check, I was paired with Aldo – a 96 year old gentleman; a former diplomat from Italy.  I was nervous my first visit …would he like me? Would we have something to talk about? What should we do? Sounds a lot like a first date, it's true.

It didn’t take Aldo long to warm up, and I can tell that he looks forward to our weekly visits by the way his face lights up when he sees me.  Each time we're together, I learn something new – about him, about life, about myself – getting far more from the experience than I could have imagined. 

For that one hour, he has a hand to hold, and the comfort of knowing someone cares.  And so do I. But that’s a post for another time…


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