We Are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) celebrates special people and small stories of inspiration and hope in the world. Let’s face it, we need some inspiration and hope during this time of pandemic and social distancing. One news story that struck a chord with me this week was about carers in a nursing home in the North of England. I heard the story on the BBC radio 5 Live breakfast show earlier this week. A 94-year-old resident in the care home had been sleeping with a photo of his late wife because he missed her so much. His carer, a seventeen-year-old woman, decided to intervene because she was worried that he might hurt himself on the photo frame if it broke during the night. She had a copy of the photo printed onto a cushion and presented it to her patient. Click here for the interview. It brought tears to my eyes just listening to the man’s response, and afterwards his interview with the radio presenters. He was devoted to his wife, and he spoke about feeling regret and seeking her forgiveness for not being an attentive husband when they were younger. They were married for over 70 years, and theirs is a beautiful story of a simple, average couple that shared their lives together.
This story reminded me of my Nan and Grandad. My Grandad died at home in the arms of his wife just last month, surrounded by family just before lockdown was announced. My Nan must feel incredibly lonely at home now, but she is at least in a comfortable, familiar place and she has their two dogs for company. She was devoted to my Grandad in much the same way, and she raised four children while he worked on ships in the Royal Navy. He eventually retired from the Navy so that he could be at home with his wife and children because he knew that my Nan needed him to be around. It has been so easy for us as a society to forget about our elderly relatives in the collective sense. But when we investigate smaller family dynamics, we find a much more loving and caring picture. Last year a friend of mine travelled to Scotland and spent three weeks sitting with his elderly aunt in hospital before she died. He didn’t want her to be alone when all their remaining family are overseas. I have other friends who care for elderly relatives, whether that be regular visits to care homes, or visiting them in their homes. We do care, and we show it in little actions every single day.
We are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media. All participants post on the last Friday of the month, sharing a positive news story that contributes to making our world a happier, safer, and better place to live.
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