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the elderly couple waddled

slowly up the sidewalk

I could see they could just

barely get to the front door

as we all were headed for

the doctor’s office entrance

.

I slipped ahead of them

to hold the door open

they smiled warmly as

they assumed their places

in the check-in line

ahead of me

.

what can come from

situations like this

do we self-congratulate

for a notably selfless act

or do we learn something

.

do we find that the human

condition is common and

that we all share in it

can we appreciate the

struggles of total strangers

.

I’ve found that, as I age,

I see something totally

and absolutely different

when I see the elderly –

I see me in X-number of years

if I’m lucky enough to

live to see that age

and maybe someone younger

and much more able

will do the same for me

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