Saturday, June 18, 2016

Visiting Atria: sometimes you realize it takes so little to make people smile

The first time we went was just before Christmas in December of 2014. I didn't know what to expect and since I'm pretty challenged in the arenas of small talk and making conversation, I hung back a bit, lingering on the outskirts of our group. And then slowly but surely, as the senior citizens began to come forward to talk, to ask questions and share their stories, we began to become friends.

These pictures aren't a very good quality nor are they well positioned or edited. They are just basic snapshots is all, plain black and white images of a group of bikers who go to visit a nursing home in the area several times a year. Many of the residents are veterans and most of them are excited to come outside and visit, see the bikes and tell us about themselves. It's an honor to see them and it's a reminder of why the little things in life still matter.

Smiles.....many of them love having their photos taken while sitting on the motorcycles. Isn't that the coolest thing? I would never have thought.

If you ever have a chance to go out and visit with people in your community, I urge you to do it. Making smiles - spreading kindness - bringing some cheer to others; that's what it's all about.

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