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July 20, 2011

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Enchanted

Close up of Ashbridge Estate on Queen Street East, Toronto 2011-07-19

I have always been enchanted by older people; every time I have a chance to establish a conversation with one, I do.

Some time ago, as I walked to the corner store, an older lady about 85 years of age was waiting outside her house and asked me to open a can of tomatoes for her. So I did.

Since that day, every time I pass by that house, I make sure to walk slowly, just in case she needs help again. She doesn’t, and sometimes I wish she did.

I often wonder if she is OK. What is her life like? Is she lonely? Does she have family? I just can’t help think about that lovely old soul that needed my help.

A couple of weeks ago I realized she is no longer there. The house is being renovated and that made me sad. I hope she is all right wherever she might be.

Today, it’s her house; tomorrow, it could be mine.

Summer view of Ashbridge Estate on Queen Street East, Toronto 2011-07-19

Summer view of Ashbridge Estate on Queen Street East, Toronto 2011-07-19

Close up of Ashbridge Estate on Queen Street East, Toronto 2011-07-19

Close up of Ashbridge Estate on Queen Street East, Toronto 2011-07-19

Winter view of Ashbridge Estate on Queen Street East, Toronto 2009-03-21

Winter view of Ashbridge Estate on Queen Street East, Toronto 2009-03-21

7 Comments
  1. Jul 20 2011

    Thoughtful post and beautiful shots Carlos

  2. Jul 20 2011

    Older people can tell the most interesting stories. They are at the end of their journey and are eager to leave their hard earned knowledge behind.

    For many years I visited a senior living facility several times a week. The hours I spent listening, far more than talking, inspired me to live a better life. Often they would share their blunders and the lessons learned, so I tucked the information into the corner of my mind as a reminder of the things to avoid in my own life.

    The wild flowers are just gorgeous in front of the house. There is truly a season for everything. Loved the photos with the thoughtful post.

  3. Jul 20 2011

    So cool to see the different shots of the same home at different times. Love it.

  4. Jul 20 2011

    Lovely post, Carlos.

  5. Aug 25 2011

    So sad! Her garden was wonderful. Who would tear that out?

  6. sheila wood
    Apr 19 2012

    What a sad story, but you are so thoughtful, and generous, I worked in a nursing facility for 5 yrs and I too enjoyed the daily lessons that I learned from those wise loving people. You are remarkable, not many people are like you these days. I enjoyed your post, and thank you for shareing. *hugs* to you.

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