When i started LAF Lines (November, 2008) i knew that i wanted service or volunteerism to be part of my business plan. Today i launched a project i had been contemplating since. i believe that we are all unique beings and we have a lot to offer to one another, if we can put aside our differences and take time out of our hectic schedules to learn from one another. Last week i visited a neighborhood senior care campus and became a volunteer. My purpose is to interview and photograph residents for the campus newsletter.
As someone who voraciously devourers life, i want to learn from those who have already been through this phase. i want to determine now what it is i should be paying attention to so that i can minimize regrets later. i want to learn a new way to see the world we live in. Today i had my first interview and photo session. i met a woman who is humble and satisfied with the way she has lived her eighty-six years. i found her view on life to be peaceful and admirable.
She had told me piano was a hobby she has had to give up with aging. She’s had a hip replacement and sitting on a piano bench is not comfortable for her. i suggested we move a dining room chair or her walker up to the keys for at least a photo opportunity. She sat on her walker seat, and was a little high to the piano, but when she put her arthritic fingers to the keys, music filled the room and tears filled my eyes.
We found a hymnal book and she recognized some of the songs. She played them beautifully and i was happy for the mini-concert. When our time together ended, i vowed to attend her first piano recital, and we made plans to learn how to use her husband’s camera. i left with a heart so full of excitement and inspiration, i knew i had chosen the perfect project for myself.