Throughout high school I volunteered on a regular basis at our local senior center. I will always distinctly remember two people; a woman who would tell me the same stories over and over as we looked through her albums, and a sharp-witted man who was a retired fire fighter and proud Freemason. For a while I aspired to be a geriatric nurse, until I experienced the heartache that comes when they pass on. Seeing lonely seniors whose children never visited them was a hard lesson to learn about how our Western culture commonly discards parents.
After my own Mother passed, my Father remarried a Chinese woman and she educated me about how Eastern culture puts so much emphasis on caring for parents it is now the law in China!
Beyond the daily care of our aging parents, how can we do better as a culture to celebrate our elderly? Here are a few ideas:
As the saying goes, “Age before beauty,” proper etiquette dictates that the eldest female is given priority in these circumstances:
(I cite no sources for this as I was a “Manners Instructor” at a finishing school for girls. I also graduated from one as a child. These are American rules. Every country & culture differs.)
These are more ways to celebrate our elders:
Consider this, if you believe in the concept of reincarnation, then we are possibly the older souls who came after them and we are caring for them now as our spiritual children from past lives. Even if you extend compassion and kindness to an unrelated elder, you never know when your souls may cross paths again in future lifetimes.
by Lady Adalynne
for our Autumn Equinox 2017 newsletter
The Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.