My Friend Got His First Library Card at Nearly 82
I have a friend, who will be 82 next month. He was widowed seven years ago. I have known him and his family just a couple of years. I feel as if I have known them for ages. He is in-between the ages my parents were. What I like about hanging out with him, and his friends and family, is that they remind me of my own parents and relatives. In this case, they like me.
I often stop to think that as we make friends with people who are older than us, it gives us all a chance to have healthy relationships without the history of making the mistakes we do when we are younger.
I am grateful to have met him in my life, and I think that we both offer one another a friendship that challenges each other to see life differently. I have gotten him to try new things, and will come over and bring him food, and listen to his stories. He has me pulling weeds in a garden and gathering eggs from his hen house.
Today, I took him to the library, where he got his first library card of his life. He told me that he does not like to read much, but I am encouraging him to go to the library to read the newspaper and magazines, which suit him better, and he will be around a few people, rather than sitting at home alone. This will be especially good on the two nights they are open until 8:00 p.m.
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