“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” -Mark Twain
Kindness is something that we can do anywhere, anytime. And in the beginning of new semester, Social Activist of EDSA shared some kindness and love through a charity event held in a retirement home named Panti Wredha Rindang Asih II, Semarang, on Saturday, August 20th 2016.
When we arrived at the retirement home around 9 AM, the elderly lived there were already waiting for us. Afterwards, Nikolaus Natal or Bobi from SA led the event as the host. Firstly, he greeted the elderly and then introduced us. After some greeting speeches from Tia as the project leader, we started to share some happiness through singing and sharing stories.
First off, we asked the elderly if there’s someone who wants to sing a song. These elderly turned out to love singing-and unexpectedly, some of them have beautiful voices too. We sang various songs, from religious to Javanese songs. Not only singing, one of them loves dancing too, even did it while we were singing.
It’s not a secret that the elderly love to talk and share their stories, and that’s what we did after we’ve done with singing: get to know each of them by listening to their stories. They had a lot of interesting stories to share with each of us, mostly about their childhood and family. Through their stories, sure we’ve learned a lot.
We asked them about how do they feel about our visit there. They all said that it was nice to have someone visiting them, accompanying them. “All I do here is just daydreaming everyday,” said one of the elderly who lived there. “We rarely get visited, so I’m happy that you all come here and entertain us.”
With a hello, comes a goodbye. Around 11 AM, it was time for us to say goodbye to all the elderly. But before we leave, we managed to give them some daily needs such as rice and cooking oil, and of course we had a photo session together.
In the end, it was such a great pleasure to get to know them. They were such lovely people, and hopefully we can get back there again one day.
SA had showed us a good example of being kind to people. So, what kindness had you done today?