Posted in Stories from the Nursing Home

Miracles of Today:Technology Can Be Amazing

Yesterday at work I was talking to one of the residents, who is 102 years old. He moved to Israel from Germany in 1933, knowing no Hebrew or Arabic at all- he is now fluent in both, and in English as well.

Yesterday he started singing something in English, I couldn’t tell what it was, but it seemed to be a song from WWI. Then he started another song. His daughter told me she knows it, but wouldn’t be able to sing it. I went to get my phone, first looked on Youtube, but when I didn’t find it there I searched Google. And then I found the song.

It started playing and all of a sudden all of his attention was on listing to a song he has not heard in who knows how many years. His daughter tried singing along, and he kept on shushing her. So I stood there, with my phone near his ear, him listening. You could see how his face changed, who knows what memories this song brings to him.

We use the internet, computers, and our phones all the time but do we ever really think about how amazing it is that we have the ability to hear and see things that if it were not for that, it would be lost forever?

In the spirit of Chanukah- let’s all find the light in our lives, find ways to bring light to others, and be able to see the small miracles around us.

 

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