Grounded on core values of respect, love, and service to the elderly, the Xinyue Senior Center of Chongqing, China, promotes social work services for senior citizens and builds a harmonious living environment for them.
It started when I had hurt my thigh bone, and my children had to take care of me. I have 3 great grandchildren, and they are all about 1 year old. So to alleviate the burden of my children I came to the Chongqing Nursing Home.
My clean, neat, and bright hut contains simple furnishings: a double bed, a desk, a TV, a closet, and 2 pictures of my grandson. I like to see the lovely photos of my grandson when I sit on the bed. His chubby face makes me laugh. I imagine him growing up and becoming a brave and hardworking young man. This is my sincere expectation and wish for him.
There’s a round glass window, and I can see buildings outside, as well as some thriving flowers and trees. Interestingly, there’s a window with window shades in the back wall of the bathroom. The view outside is reflected on the wall. It is really a beautiful picture during the sunset.
On the balcony are plants that were given to me by friends. Flowers blossom and send out their fragrance. The cactus is growing day by day. Outside the windows, the camellias attract butterflies and bees. The trees are getting higher in the spring rains. Birds are singing on the tree branches. What an interesting picture!
On weekends, relatives and families park their cars along the road. They walk and chat with the nursing home residents.
When the moon became big and round, I could not help but read a poem.
This is my little room, which comforted my sadness and healed my physical injury. I live here and will spend my life it. I like it and love it, my beloved little room.
Original article written by Guangbi Xu, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang and Carolyn D.
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