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20081115 Ypsilanti Nursing Home Visit

11/15/2008 Ypsilanti Nursing Home Visit

What: Ypsilanti Nursing Home Visit

Why: To show our love and care to the elders

Where/When: Ypsilanti Nursing Home/ 15 November, 2008

Number of people who attended: 5

Karen Quek, Huey Shann Sue, Kah Loong Chong, Sheau Wen Lew,Szu Ling Yeap

Short Description:

There were only five members who participated in this activity, nevertheless, hopefully the elders had a great time. We sang a few songs with Shr Gu’s, and a Shr Gu played the piano. Also, we did some sign language performance, but it was not that good because we lacked preparation. Hopefully we’ll come with more practice.

Sharing by Tzu Ching Szu Ling Yeap:

距離上一次去老人院,已經有四個月了。這次恰好很少同學報名參加,所以我就報上名字了。這次只有五位同學去探訪老人院,對我來說是有一點少。一踏進老人院門口時,一股藥腥味撲鼻而來,讓我有一些不自在。沒什麽出奇的,因為平時我也會有這種感覺。我們幫忙把桌椅排好,然後把鋼琴搬到大廳去,因為有一位師姑要彈奏鋼琴。接著,我們就把老菩薩們帶到大廳去。這些,以往常沒有什麽分別,都是會做的東西。

從他們的活動間,我慢慢地推著一位老奶奶的輪椅,帶她到大廳去。從活動間到大廳的那段路,會經過他們老年人的寢室。而那些寢室像醫院裏面的病房,即狹小有簡陋。簡陋並不代表不美觀,而是臥室裏只有兩張床,就沒有其他東西了。我看了鼻子一酸,這些老菩薩們已經被孩子們遺棄在這個地方,身體又有病痛,臥室裏又那麽的簡陋,真是令人心疼。每個老菩薩的臥室門外一定會掛著一個相片框,裏頭呢就會有些著老菩薩們的個人資料,而且還會附上他們年輕時候的照片。我一邊走著,一邊在觀察這些照片。我發現,這些老菩薩們,今時今日雖然坐在輪椅上,有些神誌不清,有些動彈不得,但是以往他們也是像我一樣年輕活潑。照片裏頭,有些身穿兵裝,有些穿著紅彤彤的裙子,有些則穿著筆直的西裝,瀟灑地向鏡頭微笑。突然間我心裏想,我會不會也有這麽老的一天呢?此刻,我更加深入地了解上人所說的“無常比明天更先到”。我們今天可能是個健康的年輕人,但是,沒有人可以預料到明天會發生什麽事。也許,明天我們會發生意外?也許,明天我們會換上絕癥?所以,要珍惜每一天,時時刻刻要生活在知足、感恩裏。還有,趁我們有能力的時候,盡量去幫助有所需要的人們,希望人人都可以接觸到靜思的法髓。

當我們表演結束時,我們再度的把老菩薩們送到活動間,或是他們的寢室裏頭。我牽著另外一位老奶奶到她房間裏,我轉身要離去時,她問我:“我好無聊,你可不可以建議一些活動給我做?”我望了望她的寢室,本來要叫她看電視節目或是什麽的,但我發現她寢室裏除了床鋪,什麽都沒有。我就隨便說:“不然你睡個午覺吧!”她搖了搖頭,很悲傷地對我說:“你不覺得很不公平嗎?我不知道這個是什麽地方,也不認識任何人,不知道是誰把我送到這裏來住。”我楞住了。我第一個反應就是把她抱在懷裏。雖然我覺得這位老奶奶有一點老人癡呆,但是她這句話深深地打動了我的心坎。我很用力地把眼淚忍住了抱著她,我說:“我真的需要走了,你一定要好好照顧自己,我下個月會再來。”我邊走邊回頭望著她,她的眼睛裏頭的悲傷,讓我的心不停地在流淚。這份感動,讓我深深的體驗到行孝的必須之處。我發了願,我不會讓我的母親有這樣的一天。

以往到老人院,我們都是嘻嘻哈哈地表演了,就草率的過了一個星期六下午。這份感動,是我從未體驗過的。當初剛加入慈青時,也只不過一直在參加活動而已,根本沒有真正去了解它的意義何在。近來幾個月,我發現當我很用心的去做一件事時,我可以從中領悟到一些東西,從中獲得那份感動,來讓我有再次付出的力量。所以,我想告訴我的慈青夥伴們,加入慈青,一定會有挫折或是一些讓你想退出、想懈怠的理由,但是只要你給自己一點時間,多用心地去做每一件事,無論是慈青活動,或是日常生活裏,你會從中得到那一份想要付出的推動力。

慈青葉俶伶合十

Report prepared by Szu Ling Yeap

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20081108 Fall Chore Day

Event: Fall Chore Day

Purpose: To show our love and care to the elders

Date/Venue: Nov. 8th, 2008 (Saturday)

Number of people who attended: 11

Edward Jan, Jesse Tsaur, Manju Lin, Sabrina Wang, Wenxin Xiao, Hsin-Hsin Lee, Ellie Wang, Jason Hung, Jackson Chen, Morgan Merlanti

Short Description:

We met at 9:30am at the School of Social Work and went for registration- where we picked up the rakes and paper bags, as well as the addresses of the two houses that we’ll be clearing the leaves from. It was a cold morning, but everyone put in their best effort, worked hard, and gradually dismissed the cold. After we raked both yards, we celebrated by eating the 粽子 that Wu Shr Gu made, chatted, and came home. The most touching thing about this event is that although there were complaints about the early morning, freezing weather, and the fact that many of us have never held a rake in our lives, we put those discomforts aside as we contributed to the community.

Reported by,

Hsin-Hsin Lee

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20080920 Ypsilanti Nursing Home Visit

Ypsilanti Nursing Home Visit
Reported by You Ning Lee
Edited by Huey Shann Sue and Szu Ling Yeap

It was the third Saturday of the month again, which meant that we will visit a nursing home. This was the first visit to Nursing Home for the Fall 2008 semester. We were happy to see so many new members showed up in this event. There were a total of 17 members who joined us this time and most of them have never been to a nursing home before.

As there were many new members, we gave a short briefing beforehand. Members were reminded about some facts of the elders in the Nursing Home. Many of the elders have hearing problems whereas some may get irritated easily. There are also elders who will give a cold shoulder even when we approach them with a friendly smile. It is best when we could put ourselves in the elders’ shoes. Then we can really understand how they feel and know how we should go about treating them. Those elders have been isolated for a very long time. Many of them have health problems and their families seldom visit them, so they are pessimistic about their lives. Therefore, we should treat them with love and patience; let them know that we care for them.

During the performance, each Tzu Ching was told to be at one elder’s side. They were encouraged to talk to them and to hold their hand if possible. As many of them had never been to nursing home before, they felt uneasy. During the sharing at the end of the visit, many did voice out that they felt really awkward and uncomfortable with the situation at the beginning.

Ypsilanti Nursing Home

Tzu Ching performed “Gu Zheng”. The elders loved it very much.

Shr Gu played piano

After that, we served cakes and drinks to the elders. I am very proud of all the new members because they had done a really good job although this was their first time visiting the Nursing Home. Each of them served the elders with patience, care and love. They had fun chatting with the elders too. One of our members said that the visit reminded him to treat his parents and grandparents better and to be a filial son. Some of the members were happy to be able to know the elders better through chatting.

Beautiful Smiles

Our nursing home visit ended with a sharing among the volunteers. I hope that all of us did gain something from the visit. Hopefully everyone will appreciate every moment in life and make full use of our time as all of us will get old one day. Also, I hope that the elders were happy to see us around. Special thanks to the new Tzu Ching members for joining us! Gan en! Let us pray and hope that the cycle of love will never end.

20080531 Ypsilanti Nursing Home Visit

Ypsilanti 老人院

by Youning Lee

五月三十一號,我們UM 慈青隨着師姑參訪Ypsilanti老人院。
老人們都專心聆聽沈師伯暢談中華文化。
慈青們也在旁聆聽。
慈青們為老人唱歌。此外,還有鋼琴表演、笛子吹頌、舞蹈等等。

到了下午茶時間。我們攜助老人移動到common area去。
我們獻上蛋糕與茶水,并攜助他們享用蛋糕。
每一次到訪老人院,看了老人孤苦零丁、沮喪的眼神,
都會想起在家的雙親與奶奶,更加強了我要為他們盡孝與照顧他們的決心。
服侍老人真是一門學問。有些老人會冷漠地對待我們的關懷,
可能是思念家里的小孩吧,也有些老人在旁落淚,
我卻不清楚怎么安慰他們才是最好的。有時會在想,
給予老人短暫的關懷,會是件殘酷的事嗎?

想起上人所說的,“對得事做就對了,應甘愿做,歡喜受,”
我會更盡力給予他們關懷,再努力向師姑們學習,希望下次可做得更好。

感想

by Karen Quek 郭麗瑩

好久沒有到老人院探望老人們了,今天終于盼到了。
可是這次的拜訪仿佛和以往的很不一樣,
不一樣的環境, 不一樣的老人 ,不一樣的感覺。
但是我對他們的關懷絲毫沒有改變。

我縂覺得能在他們眼前表演唱歌或比手語,雖然只是瞬間的那一刹那,
只要能換取他們臉上的歡笑我就很滿足了。
這就是一直推動着我每個月去探望他們的主要原因之一。
回家前很不捨得的跟他們擁抱說再見 。
很討厭這種離別的情景, 但同時的我很期待下一次的到來。

Beth 家的聚會

by Youning Lee

到訪老人院過后,Beth 學姐邀了我們去她家吃晚餐。
感恩Beth學姐為我們準備了美味的晚餐!
慈青們也有幫忙準備晚餐,大家都忙得很開心。
慈青們都很努力地包不同款式得餃子。

再次感恩Beth & Edward!