Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Thanks For Rocking With Me!


--by dancingDog, posted Nov 17, 2007
There was once an elderly, despondent woman in a nursing home. She wouldn't speak to anyone or request anything. She merely existed - rocking in her creaky old rocking chair.

The old woman didn't have many visitors. But every couple mornings, a concerned and wise young nurse would go into her room. She didn't try to speak or ask questions of the old lady. She simply pulled up another rocking chair beside the old woman and rocked with her.

Weeks or months later, the old woman finally spoke.

'Thank you,' she said. 'Thank you for rocking with me.'"
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mommakat wrote: Nice story. It just goes to show you that words aren't always necessary. Sometimes all that's needed is our company; just someone to be there to help pass the time. The person who rocked with the woman still showed they cared by just being there and sharing in something the old woman was doing. It was a simple act of kindness; but sometimes that's all that is needed.
Tinky wrote: As they say, actions speaks louder than words. Sometimes it's not what we say but what we do that changes situations around us.
faithnut wrote: Thanks so much for this heart warming story i believe those who are elderly and despondent or in a postion where they cant communicate really can and do hear everything around them, through the soul/heart! It must have been a small miracle for her to have this sensitive woman rock with and gave her a sense a belonging how wonderful and unselfish she was! Thank you.
norman wrote: Wow, just confirms that at times the best conversation is in the silence between 2 people.
Ganoba Date wrote: This is it.

Just join in the action, if you can. Then giving and receiving become one and all stand to gain his grace.
Callick wrote: I would lke 2 thank the young nurse 4 the concern towards the old mama and she has also portrayed a good picture to the young people.
Thank u "young nurse" 4 actions speaks louder than mere words.
Mlongecha Yesse wrote: Thank you for the story, it has been very much interesting because it reminds me as well as other readers how is it important to help the needy by observing. Let every to continue with this attitude.
whitecastle1 wrote: How sweet! When I was in college I worked at a nursing home and someone brought in a poem. It was as if a resident had written it. Saying how even though they can't speak or show emotions it was felt within. If I had that poem I would post it here. I have looked and never found it. WHat a difference some little act will make. ANd you guys just keep encouraging it. :) Thanx for the reminders. :)
Kubeba wrote: Words of consolation do not necessary always sympathise every situation one finds him/herself into.But we sometimes we haves to extend warm and affectionate gesture and put ourselves into the shoes of those we are sympathising with and rock with them to take away their pain and anguish.
mdadlaza wrote: Sometimes you dont have to say a word to be with somebody. The old lady could just have loved being lost in thought and not being disturbed in the process. You did not break the thoughts and who knows she liked just that.

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