The past week or so when I've been out shopping I've met a few sweet and beautiful elderly women. One dressed warm one evening at the grocery store looking for escargot for her cat. In tomato sauce. We never found it. She was appreciative for my standing on tiptoes to look through the cans and later I spotted her in the meat section and asked a favor of her. Instead of pointing in the direction I needed to go she left her cart in front of the meat and walked me down a few aisles to find my item. She was an absolute doll. Later when we saw each other again she told me about her daughter and shared some good ideas for healthy eating. When we said goodbye for the last time I really thought I heard her call me by name. "Goodbye Jessica.... "
But I never told her my name.
Yesterday while shopping with my girl at Homegoods I met a kind elderly lady who talked to me for about 20-25 minutes. Our conversation took up most of my shopping time as Graylyn was getting fussy and very tired but I felt this sweet lady needed to share. Needed me to hear her story. She had suffered so much loss in her life. She lost her daughter to cancer and expressed how much she missed her. She let go of her walker to dig through her purse to find her wallet. She pulled out a picture of her beautiful daughter to show me and a couple other pictures of the daughter and grandson she'd left behind. She told me all about them and then her brothers, her sisters, her father, mother, and everyone in her family. After every story that told of hardship she followed, in her German accent, with, "What can you do? Nothing." After a dozen or so times I got tickled by it. We finally said goodbye and I made my way to the checkout. Again, so blessed to have been able to share stories with an elderly lady, again.
I've always had a thing for elderly men and women and I love that whatever attracts them to me (many times it's Graylyn) leaves them opening up and sharing their life stories with me. If it's a blessing to them it's an even bigger blessing to me.
Which brings me to the video above. I saw it for the first time this morning on Kathy Lee & Hoda.
Grab a tissue, it's the sweetest!