the ability to understand and share the feelings of another
I volunteer a bit with the elderly. I started in 1994 after Mr. Ralph's mom passed away. She was lucky enough to have friends (neighbors, church friends, relatives) who offered her help when the need arose. She lived in a pretty small town in Indiana (population 18,000 and most of that has been in the past 15 years) where people knew each other and chatted and share news, happy or sad. She remained independent in her own apartment.
It's important for all of us to have empathy when our seniors begin losing some of their daily independence. Driving. Cleaning the corners of the kitchen floor. Carrying out the trash. Doing laundry at the laundromat. Even getting out of the house.
Ms. Phyllis just loves having her own personal driver. I drive her to doctor or dentist appointments. Groceries and prescriptions. The bank. Usually to include lunch. And then I realized we never got together for just FUN. Now that I am moving back to Oregon, there are a few touristy things I'd like to redo.
I asked her if she'd like to go for a drive. Her eyes just lit up! The island is our only limit!! She couldn't come up with any ideas so I just started a stream of consciousness of places to go and things to see. Last week we drove north to Ho'okipa where the water toys appear when the surf is up. It was so crowded and busy and exciting and we were both thrilled. On Thursday we drove to a little cowboy town (Makawao) part way up our mountain of Haleakala.
Just for fun. No errands. Empathy for the small things we take for granted when someone has to give up driving.
Just for un.