Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
“What is wrong with these young people today in the city? No one gets up no more to give a seat to an older person. No one comes to help me when I need to cross the street. I live in a seniors’ home where the young people there treat us like dogs. I am 75-years-old. I have worked my entire life and don’t deserve none of this. I tell you, people need to teach their kids to respect their elders. My parents taught me. I tried to teach my kids, but they done passed.
“I lived a full and healthy life in this city. I came here in 1962 from Virginia and spent my life doing laundry. See, I love laundry because I love being by myself. I would sit in the corner for hours washing and folding and thinking about stuff. It was so nice for me. When I got older, I was living on my own and decided to come to a seniors home in 1999. My sister and brother helped me find a place because they were also living at homes. I thought that a seniors’ home would be a nice place to meet other old people and live out my life peacefully. Problem is that things didn’t work out that way. My first night at the home, someone socked me in the head and then things just kept getting worse. Sometimes, I feel like our society is slowly trying to kill the old people by making them feel unwanted and underappreciated. You may think I’m just old and crazy, but that’s how I feel after all that I done seen.
“I want to move, but I don’t have no where else to go. I talk with my sister and brother, but their homes are just as bad. So, how they gonna help me? I tell the people at my home to stop treating people badly because God is going to get them. Most of the people I live with don’t dare to say nothing to anyone. I am too old to care about what happens. Maybe if I talk, things will get worse for old people. Maybe, things will get better. You need to try things in life.
“I would like to tell people out there to show some respect for elders and help to make life easier for senior citizens. Give someone your seat or come and check on the conditions in the seniors’ home in your community. I just want people to treat people right. That is what God wants for us all to do. He even says it in the Bible. The way we treat old people these days makes us feel bad and really small.
“While things are bad, I try and stay positive. See, I am 75 and it is not time for me to stop living. Retirement was when I was supposed to start living. That’s what I’m trying to do.”