After taking a little walk, listening to the wind blow, it occurred to me that there is something I want to talk about today. I know lots of people are blue today because it’s mother’s day, and they are alone and lonely. But the thing I’m talking about happens every other day too. I may have got the pronoun wrong, somewhat, because males, as well, are having this kind of day. A lonely day that drags on and on and on.
I’m talking about a kind person. He or she is gentle and giving. Maybe someone whose partner has died and nothing has been the same since. Someone who doesn’t demand attention from people and seems content to be on her own, reading and puttering around. This person calls you sometimes and you have a great visit, but you never initiate a call. You are busy making money or running here or there.
Today, it’s likely single childless women who may be the loneliest. Another lonely group consists of those people who aren’t facebookers. They are out of the loop because they are not comfortable giving up their privacy and telling all their acquaintances, family, and friends the exact same story. Often they are people who are unique and wise, but they aren’t comfortable with the ways of modern life. Possibly they don’t like texting either.
Under the tears, there may be a lot of anger and frustration they are not comfortable sharing. I don’t blame them. They may be labeled as mentally ill, but a lot of people are depressed because the world has forgotten them. In this fast-moving, money-worshipping culture, there is little time or attention for those who aren’t part of the rat race. They don’t need more pills. They need a simple phone call, or a face-to-face visit.
It’s sad that some very kind and interesting people belong to this group. People are okay about receiving their love and support, but tell me, from where do these people receive support and appreciation? I think in an ideal world, we would all be givers and receivers both. But too often people belong to one group or the other.
The day isn’t over yet.