Tuesday, December 07, 2010
I'm sure most of us have seen the "Home Alone" movies, and laughed along with them. Many of us have probably spent a Christmas or two alone but for our partners and not thought anything of it. Today when we were making a joke with an acquaintance that my husband and I would be having Christmas alone, again, as our son always goes to his parents in law( "...just the three of us. You, me and the turkey...."), I realized just what I was saying.
Since the kids grew up and left home, we have not had much interest in Christmas. Our daughter died in 1995, and we have no idea where the grandchildren are now. My son spends Christmas away as his wife s family are all up in the north of the country. We are used to a quiet time at home, but we are lucky. We have each other, even if other family is very thin on the ground.
That joke made me think of all those poor , isolated individuals who have no family, no friends, no one who cares about them. Unfortunately, there are more of them than one would think. They spend EVERY day alone, not just Christmas. And not just them,but those who are surrounded by others, in nursing or retirement homes ,yet are every bit alone as the solitary folk.
Spare a thought for them all over the holiday season, and do what you can to help them feel less isolated. I'm not asking that you should ask strangers off the street to Christmas lunch, or anything of that sort. Perhaps you could call someone you know is alone, just to see how they are. Say hi to your neighbours, talk to people on the train, in the stores. Keep an eye on the elderly . Make this a time of year when everyone knows that they can reach out to someone and not be ignored. Thank you Jane