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Pondering From Mabel – Be Kind to the Elderly


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The last time we visited, I told you about our Valentine’s Day dinner/dance. Dinner was real good especially the red velvet cake. There was a fine group playing some of our favorite songs. I kicked up my heels – well, not quite heels – but my dance card was full all night. All the ladies were given a red rose while the men were given a box of chocolate hearts. Bubba gave me his box. I think he’s smitten with me. No brag just fact.

Did I tell ya’ll about Bubba before? Lord knows I can’t recall yesterdays lunch.

He’s a nice ol’ country boy from my neck of the woods. His names Robert but he likes us to call him Bubba. A really big burly boy with the heart of a lamb. We kicked up some dust on the dance floor with a 2 step. By 10:00 p.m., I was ready to get to my assisted living place and get me some sleep.

The next mornin’ the mild weather was calling me to walk around the lake. I reached my little spot with the wooden bench overlookin’ the swans. It was real pleasant watchin’ them glide on the water.

Mary Lou and her daughter, Mae Lou, came by a while later. She a good girl to Mary Lou. Bless her heart. She’d been traveling through Asia and hadn’t seen her Daddy, Dr.Wong Cho and her mother for quite some time. She started telling us a heartbreaking story that urged her to visit her mother and daddy. Thank you, Mae Lou, for letting me write this here story for the folks who come and visit with Mabel. Bless your heart.

If you read this and have parents …. be kind to them.
If you read this and don’t have parents alive …. praise them.
If you read this and you’re heart isn’t touched …. reexamine your humaneness.

Lord knows none of us want to be a burden to anyone.

Our bodies defy us into people we never believed we’d ever be.

Love us just the same.

Be the candle of love and light that shines in the hearts of those you call mother and daddy.
Live Life, Mabel


The Wooden Bowl

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law and four-year-old grandson.
The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his steps faltered.

The family always ate together at the table. But, the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult.                                                                                                                                                                          Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor.
When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the messes.
‘We must do something about father,’ said the son.
‘I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.’

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner of the dining room.
There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner together.
Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two his food was, now, served in a wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction; sometimes, he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.

Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor.
He asked the child sweetly, ‘What are you making?’
Just as sweetly, the boy responded, ‘Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up. ‘Then, the four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then, tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table.
For the remainder of his days, he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.


If this touched your heart and means something to you let others know … reblog!!!

To All Of Your Friends and Everyone You Love!


***** Mabel is a character I’ve developed for the purpose of writing about life

with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor from a seniors citizens point of view.

 More – Pondering from Mabel:

Pondering from Mabel – Love is in the Air at my Assisted Living

Pondering from Mabel – Recalling Love and Marriage

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

22 thoughts on “Pondering From Mabel – Be Kind to the Elderly

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  2. Thanks for sharing Issy ….Great Mabel.


  3. Honoring the elderly for their wisdom and the richness they bring to our culture is lost to us in Western society. We could learn a lot from Eastern cultures about the value of our living and dead ancestors. Nice post, Izzy!

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  4. Beautiful Isadora, the story is so moving that it bought tears to my eyes. It’s a great reminder that we will all be there one day.

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    • I have a many friends who are in their 80’s. I can see the way they are treated by family or friends. It’s the reason I started writing about seniors in Mabel’s voice. I’ve always enjoyed spending time with seniors. They are a great source of wisdom. Although I’m in my 60’s, I know that someday I will be in their position. I pray that I am treated with respect.
      Thank you Amanda for your lovely comment. ☺️

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      • I used to work with older adults, so I can understand your thoughts about dignity and respect exactly.

        I have many tales, but one of my favourites was when I cared for a lady who was 100 years old. She told me all about the days when her parents were disgusted because she showed her ankles in the fashion of the roaring 20’s. – The flapper dress!

        I was completely fascinated as you might imagine. ❤

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  5. As I get older, I notice more about those even older.

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    • Because I live in Florida, the senior community is very large. I see the way they’re treated. At times, it’s shameful. There are many who have children up north who cannot visit due to their jobs or financial difficulties or just forgot about them. Many are very, very lonely. It’s the reason I started to write in Mabel’s voice. ☺️

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  6. More and more, when I witness senior citizens, I see my mom and dad … It helps keep my perspective in check! How would they feel, and how would I feel if someone else said or did something to them for ____? One day, I’ll be in their place. (Much sooner than later)

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    • Extremely accurate comment, Becca. I spend a great deal of time with seniors. It can be very sad. I pray I will be treated with respect when I am there one day. We should never disrespect someone to the point of destroying their dignity. ☺️ It’s the reason I began to write in Mabel’s voice. Thank you ….😉

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  7. Oh, what a story, Isadora! 🙂

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  8. Elderly care can be hit and miss, its an aspect of getting old that I’m not looking forward to!

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    • It is hit or miss, Gilly. There are some facilities as well as families who treat the elderly very well. But, for those who neglect or mistreat them many should be made aware. After all, all of us will one day be in the same positions. : (
      Thanks for the insightful comment. : )


  9. Hi Isadora, I’m happy Mabel had a great time and Bubba is keeping an eye on her. I know this story, it’s really sad what the society and people do with the elders, we don’t have an idea what happens on close doors of many families taking care of them, if we can say ‘taking care’!

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    • Yes, I began to write in Mabel’s voice to show the many sides of seniors. Elderly abuse is increasing. Living longer is one reason for that. Families have too many of their own issues, financial or personal or live too far away to be there for them or some just don’t care. We will all be there one day. Let’s begin to see them with more respect and through our own future.☺️

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