Grounded on core values of respect, love, and service to the elderly, the Xin Yue Senior Citizen Service Center of Chongqing, China, promotes social work services for senior citizens and builds harmonious living environment for them.
Before the Chongyang Festival, volunteers from Volunteers Association and 2 universities collected wishes from about 140 senior citizens in 2 days. During the process, a volunteer told me that 2 old men impressed him a lot. One had just turned 100. He was trained at the Huangpu Military Academy and fought in the Myanmar war. The old man was healthy except for a little problem with his ears. During the chat with him, the volunteer was impressed by his sonorous voice. A century’s worth of experiences made the old man tough. When the volunteer asked him about his greatest wish, he said he felt like eating peanuts and biscuits. He gave the volunteer money and asked him to buy some for him, for he has difficulty walking.
There’s another old man who is keen on traditional Chinese medicine. He is over 90 and isn’t in good health, but he is editing a manual on how to keep healthy. He has completed the 4th pamphlet and has already given them to some older patients, staff and volunteers. Professionally, it’s not perfect, but it’s practical. There is a lot of useful information in the book. When we asked him about his wish, he told us he would like to write something more and benefit more people. As an old man he could be relaxing, but still wants to use his wisdom and energy to create more things. It made us think- we are in our prime, what should we be doing for society?
As a young guy, I am not equipped to write stories about old men. I hope to record some of their characteristics to give others like myself some spiritual energy. For whatever reason each senior citizen ends up here, their lives can be each fill a book. They have their own stories and their own shining spirit. What we can do now is to achieve their wishes one by one, bringing happiness and companionship to them- to those that have devoted their time and enthusiasm to the development of the country.
Original article written by Ling Feng, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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