Letter: Seniors are special

Dear Editor,

My claim to fame, besides being Santa for a couple of years at Seven Oaks Mall, is that I’m a storyteller. In fact, over 30 years ago I walked into my first senior home to do some storytelling.

Certainly, in most cases I’ve outlived my critics. And there’s been a few.

My storytelling is not for everyone; honestly, at times it’s not for me.

It’s not always easy to get my game face on. With seniors, I’m speaking to a lot of living, and at times to a life that may not feel fulfilled or valued. And when I show up speaking of kindness and forgiveness there may be no ears to hear.

Other times, it’s the warm reception that keeps me keeping on.

So 30 years later, I’d like to share a truth I’ve come to know: seniors are special.

What does it matter?

Day to day

Just slipping away…

What does it matter?

It matters because

You matter.

You are more than flesh and blood

You are more than personal history

You are a light upon this earth

That a higher power does see

And knows and shares

Your journey

Will welcome you home when you’re done

You are not just another…

You are a special someone.    


Gord E Sutherland, Abbotsford

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