On Thursdays we have some of the seniors from our community visit for lunch. It is so rewarding to see the camaraderie between the different ages. The older generation, of course,always know the students names and families. Absences are noted, birthdays celebrated together, crafts and games enjoyed together. Except for when a grandparent is attending, the kids don’t always remember the elders’ names. But they do like the attention lavished upon them.
Yesterday while one of the older students was waiting holding the door open for some seniors, he was waiting, waiting. “They’re just standing around talking.”
I had to remind him that they were just conversing with their peer group. Just like how his classmates liked to talk together. “Really? But in class we like to talk when we are not suppose to talk.”
So maybe the students are beginning to see older folk as real people too.