The Elderly Man

 

Some back story.  For 15 years I was an investigator for Adult Protective Services.  I originally wrote this in 2017.  It is very reflective of many different emotions and stories I came to know.  The young man with me was in a learning position, new to his job, who was accompanying me but not doing the same job as I.  To the young man’s credit, he heard, he learned.  To the elderly man’s credit, he taught, though he was exhausted, and life had drained him of more than the young man had learned to understand yet.

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28 thoughts on “The Elderly Man

    • I’m guilty of judging. But I’ve gotten much better at stopping, thinking of where this person has come from and what they have come through. It’s lessons like taught by people like this older gentleman that have helped me grow.

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  1. This is a beautiful story and tells me so much of where that wisdom and your beautiful stories come from. You have probably seen things in your job that most of us can’t even begin to imagine. Bless your beautiful heart for taken on such a heart breaking job and for sharing your experiences and wisdom about life in general. Much love and respect for you my friend. Love ❤️ Joni

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  2. Deep oceans and waves of experiences carried within. The young man probably carried the imprint of this experience forever with him, remembering it in his latter years – also as much your post has created an imprint in me, that I will carry.

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  3. It must have been a humbling experience for the younger man, Colleen. I’m sure you learned so much in your years as an investigator. That couldn’t have been an easy job, but I know your compassion and sensitivity was a real blessing to those you served.

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