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  Cross-Generational Bonding
2021/02/08 | editor
 

" Since Grandma would stay at home for some time, can we keep visiting her? We don't have much to contribute, but we can ask Grandma to teach us Taiwanese and have a great conversation with her." Chris asked.

"Church Grandma", who was in her 80s, enjoyed chatting with kids and gave each of them a hug when meeting. Gracious smile was always on Grandma's face. While at first kids were uneasy with the warm-hearted woman, they eventually got acquainted with her and gave her attention and love in return.

One day, without seeing Grandma in church, a kid asked, "Where's Grandma?" and then every kid found that Grandma was not present. Church members told kids that Grandma had been experiencing a functional decline due to her age, and her family thought it was better for her to stay at home as much as possible, so Grandma watched live service at home since the church streamed its services online. Kids felt relieved to hear that Grandma was in good health.

Yvonne asked teacher, "Does Grandma live far away from church? Can we visit her?" It warmed the hearts of fellow church members to see kids behaving with compassion. Church members told Yvonne that they had been planning to visit Grandma and everyone was welcome to join. No sooner had kids started to schedule a visit.

Children traveled to Grandma's house.+
Children traveled to Grandma's house.

Kids were headed to Grandma's house with great delight. Though kids got lost on the way there, they finally arrived. Grandma indulged kids with foods and beverages; then Chris said, "I'd like to sing for Grandma," "I could play piano." Laura added. And Grandma taught kids how to speak Taiwanese using the Roman alphabet, following a singing time.

Children and Grandma enjoyed each other's company.
 Children and Grandma enjoyed each other's company.

Though Grandma was over 80, she enjoyed learning about new things and used smartphone to participate in Facebook worship service every Sunday. Kids were so impressed by her active lifestyle. Grandma served as a role model who inspired kids to live with optimism.

In the way home, Chris asked," Since Grandma would stay at home for some time, can we keep visiting her? We don't have much to contribute, but we can ask Grandma to teach us Taiwanese and have a great conversation with her."

The visit gave kids opportunity to enjoy interacting with Grandma. Also, it gave social workers opportunity to see that as kids had gotten older, they grew more mature and were able to see people's needs and acted on them.

For 60 years, Agape Children's Home was a place where kids were nurtured and loved by people who believed that they would become grown-ups with the capacity for empathy. It was hoped that kids were not only receivers of kindness but would pass on the good spirit to give of themselves to benefit others.

 


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你要盡心、盡性、盡 意、盡力愛主 ─ 你的神。其次就是說:要愛人如己。(馬可福音12章30-31節)

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