These are gifts of heart, mind and memory. When a visitee shares a favorite story about a special day or event in their life, both the storyteller and the listener are enriched by that communication. Whether speaking of the deep faith that helped them through a difficult time in life, or describing the joy of first cradling a grandchild in their arms, or remembering that first encounter with the love of their life, perhaps re-living their wedding day, or simply recalling how life and times were different in decades past – these conversations are gifts our visitees choose for us from the treasure trove of their own memories. Our visitees give us, the volunteers, a view of the world from a different perspective and another place in time. Best of all, these gifts of personal wisdom and fond recollection cannot be lost, stolen or broken – they truly are the gifts that keep on giving.
by Carl Hubbard