While at the grocery store earlier this week I ended up on the same aisle with a dear friend. Her husband passed away about two years ago. She is elderly and was stocking up for the big freeze we were expecting here in Northeast Oklahoma. I have been pretty good about calling her or visiting her, but with the holidays I let other things get in the way.
We chatted for a few minutes and she said she was getting along fine and mentioned that she talks to her cat and he never says a word. That really made me sad, and ashamed of myself for not being more diligent about staying in touch. I got “it”, she was very lonely.
Loneliness is a terrible thing. We can be surrounded by people and still be lonely. It’s important for us to know that we matter to someone else and if we have times when we feel as if we don’t matter…that’s not good!
I am reminded of the following lyrics-
One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It’s the loneliest number since the number one
I would like to encourage and remind all of us to remember those who are alone, regardless of their age. A visit, phone call or even a card can put a smile on another’s face and bring a bit of joy into their day.