Evening with Elders
With the dawn of the centennial era, we got an opportunity to reach another milestone of the UoM Leo history. We launched the very first international twinning project, “You Smile, We Smile”, joining with the Leo Club of Butwal Manimukunda, celebrating the occasion of their first anniversary. On 21st of September, UoM Leos spent the day at the Methodist Elders Home Moratmulla while the Leo Club of Butwal Manimukunda spent the day with differently abled children at Butwal-13, Nepal.
George Washington Carver once said that, “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong because, some day in your life you will have been all of these.” Once in life and never again we all will have two supreme characters from whom we learn the true meaning of the words “purest love”. So called are the “Parents”; the amazing selfless creation to this harsh world. There are some people in this world who are just running after money and achievements, without any sense about the true meaning and purpose of life and the greatness behind the small precious things that matters us most in this world, like parents. They might never understand, that they will not be able to reach the climax of their achievements because they lack the heartiest blessings from their parents. Elder care homes have become the roof for the mothers and fathers of these people, to spend the later part of their lonely lives, relieving their blessings to the empty space of their own frozen souls.
Listening to their sweet stories once they had dreamed to say to their grandchildren, sharing their pain and loneliness and bringing smile to those faces even for a second, might be the best thing that one can do to console those lonely fragile minds. Along with this twinning project UoM Leos were privileged to bring a smile on the faces of such elders at Methodist Elders Home Moratmulla and bring a light to their gloomy lives. We had tea and snacks and a small musical evening with them. They sang with us, danced with us, forgetting all the grievances for a while. We were able to shine their hearts and fill their minds with happiness while on the other way around we were more than happy by knowing that we were the reason behind their happiness and blissful smiles. Finally it was comprehended that it was very much befitting to use
“YOU SMILE-WE SMILE” as the title for this blissful evening.