Clip from Chapter 4 in my book, “We Don’t need Money to Give Back”
It was 1983 and a beautiful sunny day in June. My girlfriend and I decided to take a power walk around the neighborhood. As we were near the end of our walk, we noticed the doors to the senior center were open. My friend looked at me and said, “Why don’t we go in and say hi and visit with some of the seniors?” I had gone to a lot of senior homes as a teenager, especially during Christmas, because my Mom worked at one, so I thought it was a great idea.
It was one of the most enjoyable afternoons I had ever spent. We met a lot of interesting people with wonderful stories that were filled with history and wisdom.
We had as much fun as they did. It would have never crossed my mind to do that. Had we not gone on our walk, I probably would have missed out on the opportunity to give my time to people who really appreciated it. They craved the interaction and a chance to share a piece of their lives with someone. A wonderful time was had by all. Total strangers proved you’re never too old or to young to make new friends or share an act of human kindness.