The Elderly Man Who Brightened My Morning
--by DANCE, posted Nov 12, 2016
After paying I sat down for a while and got a coffee that the supermarket offers as a promotion. An elderly man sat next to me and started talking very loud. I noticed straight away that he had hearing aids in both ears. He had a coffee too. I tried responding but I realized he could not understand anything. I stayed anyway and he told me about his difficulties to hear, his son who works in the supermarket and that he was at the ripe age of 89!. He went on to share how he has his coffee there and is happy to still be able to do the shopping on his own, etc. etc.
He said he liked talking to people and he apologized many times for 'boring' me with his talk. I told him it was lovely talking to him and after a while said good bye, shook his hand and wished him a good day. He was so happy and grateful. He thanked me many times and the last thing he said was "thank you for listening". Key words I thought, that was the whole point, I just stayed and listened.
He needed it, we all need it, just someone to listen. I was very happy and grateful too. My morning had turned into a very special one because of him.