Do you ever have time at home when you're the only one in? Maybe you enjoy the peace and relish in some you time whilst you await the family's noisy return! maybe you can't bear the quiet and instead nip to a friends for a catch up.
I love those special moments of peace but I also like to chat (maybe too much sometimes!) I walked to the village this morning and passed an elderly gentleman who I always say hello to. I don't really know him but when you pass the same people everyday it almost seems odd not to chirp a cheerful 'morning!' as you pass for the umpteenth time!
It's been a while since we've seen each other so we stood in the drizzle chatting and he said how nice it was to have a conversation when some days can pass without one! His sad statement reminded me that sometimes elderly people sit in the quiet all day! There aren't always groups to attend, family don't always visit and that peace and quiet that a lot of us cherish may well be a vast cloud of loneliness for some.
When I returned home it was sadly quite apt that I read this article in the news, have a read and the next time you're out and about, consider a friendly hello as you pass an elderly person and maybe you'll just make a difference.
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