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Letter: Don’t forget about your elderly family members this Christmas
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Christmas trees are decorated with ornaments. - photo by Austin Steele

Christmas is in the air and will soon be here. Most of us are running around with a smile on our face, singing Christmas carols, doing Christmas shopping and planning special time to be with our family and friends.

This is so not the case for many. Christmas can be a very sad time for some folks. Maybe they have lost a loved one this year and their hearts are broken. Maybe they are elderly and feel that their family doesn’t have time for them.

I work with the elderly and have heard some of the saddest stories being shared. If you are blessed to have an elderly person in your family or in your life, I want you to take a minute — or two — and put yourself in their shoes. Try to imagine what it feels like to think your family doesn’t have time for you anymore. It is heartbreaking to say the least. One of these days you may find yourself in the same position. If your children see you treating Grandma or Grandpa like they are a bother, what kind of example are you setting for them?

How often do you visit your family member, how often do you call them to chat a while with them — how often do you tell them that you love them? 

Apparently there are a lot of us that are failing miserably. Are you one of these that need to do better? I think it is time for all of us to realize that we didn’t get to where we are today without the love and guidance from our elders.

Everyone’s life is valuable. Everyone has something to share. In fact, the best history lesson you could have, is sitting at the feet of an elderly person and letting them share with you.

I am here to tell you that there are a lot of lonely and sad people in all of our lives. It is time to stop and realize that. What are you going to do about it?

Nancy L. Simpson

Flowery Branch

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