A story about how the elderly do not get enough credit
My aunt was in the doctor
's office in a large local hospital
one day for a regular
exam. She sat quietly, minding her own business
, but she could not help but overhear
across the way from her.
An older lady sat with her daughter
awaiting a set of her test results
. Doctors' visit
s are all too common for the elderly
, and many times a loved one goes with them for comfort and support. The doctor finally made his presence
with the results of the test. Upon his entrance
into the waiting room
, he began talking to the daughter
, and explaining some of the meaning
s of what was going on.
The older lady listened in for a few, and then gently tapped the doctor on the shoulder
"Do you like to do crosswords?
" She asked.
Taken a bit aback by the strange question
, he responded:
"Why yes, I do them every morning in the newspaper.
" She grinned. "Do you do them in pencil or in pen?
"Pencil, of course.
" the doctor responded
, quite confused by the currently line of questioning
"Well sir, I do them in pen. You can speak directly to me."
The doctor straightened up his act, and the old woman got the respect
she deserved. She defied the stereotype
regarding the elderly, and proved that while her body may bear the burden
of her years, her mind did not. This old lady could have been anyone you see on the street, totally unremarkable
, except for her little bit of unseating wisdom. I always keep this story
in my mind when dealing with those who have seen many more years than I; while some may have lost part of their spirit
, the sharp wit
of many years hide behind the wrinkles