International Day of Older Persons

I saw on the news that today is International Day of Older Persons. I asked the tall person about this and he told me that this holiday is celebrated by raising awareness of the issues affecting older people and it is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.

I don’t know many older persons. I sometimes see them when I am out on walks and I know that they like to play dominoes and sit in the shade chatting and they also like to play with their grandchildren.

Several older persons are neighbours of mine and as it is International Day of Older Persons I thought it would be nice to acknowledge them with awards I have devised myself.

The Happiest Older Person Award

This award goes to the grandfather who lives in the house next to mine. I think I have mentioned him before. He is the happiest older person I have ever known. He is always smiling and cheerful. He devotes a lot of time to his little grandchild and I often see them playing together and laughing.

The Fittest Older Person Award

This award also goes to the grandfather who lives in the house next to mine.

This is a picture of him cutting wood for the winter. His house has a wood burning stove and he has to chop lots of wood to make sure his family do not get cold in winter.

Congratulations grandfather neighbour – you have won two awards!

The Kindest Older Person Award

This award goes to another neighbour of mine. He is a quiet man but always says hello to me when he sees me and sometimes gives me treats, which is nice. In the hot summer evenings I often see him from my balcony sitting on the low wall on the other side of our street, chatting with neighbours.

Older Person Hero Award

I am not sure if the tall person is old enough to qualify as an older person but he does have grey hair. Anyway, he is my hero and I think he deserves an award. Congratulations tall person!

Everyone knows an older person and I am sure they would love to hear from you today!

Hello tall person. How are you today?

I am doubly thrilled!

My blogging friend Nancy of ‘Tales from the Mom-Side’ blog has awarded Bassa’s Blog with the Versatile Blogger Award.

Wow, this is the second time that Bassa’s Blog has received this award and I am doubly thrilled. Thank you Nancy!

Nancy has also given this award to 16 other bloggers. I know some of the blogs but not all and I’m in the process of visiting the ones I haven’t seen before. It is always great to drop by blogs that other bloggers recommend. I always find some real treats.

This is the link to Nancy’s post in which she lists the blogs that she has given The Versatile Blogger Award to. Check them out and also take a look at Nancy’s other posts. Her take on life is witty, warm and very entertaining:

Thank you Nancy!

Will you remember my name?

On the mountain where I live there is a monument. I like this monument. It stands straight and tall and points to the sky. It is not affected by the wind that has bent the surrounding trees and grass. The tall person said that it reminds him of an obelisk, which was an important monument in ancient Egypt and symbolized the sun god Ra. He said that obelisks were decorated with writing telling of the great achievements of the person who had erected it and helped to ensure that the name of the person was never forgotten.

De translated the Russian inscription and told me that the monument commemorates a battle that took place between Georgian workers and soldiers of the Russian Czar’s army in December 1905. Nine Georgian workers were killed. It does not say why they were fighting nor does it list the names of those who died.

The tall person said that it would have been better if the monument listed the names of the people who died because they would be remembered. He said that names are very important.

He told me that the ancient Egyptians believed that the spirit could live after death, but only if some remembrance – a name, a statue, or body – of the deceased remained in the land of the living. If those things were erased the person could not live after death. Egypt wasn’t alone in this belief. The destruction of images and erasing of names in the Roman world was called “damnatio memoriae.” Romans saw it as a punishment worse than execution: the fate of being forgotten.

I was surprised to hear that “Damnatio memoriae” is still practised today. The tall person told me that in April this year a Cairo court ordered that images of the ousted Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, as well as his name, be removed from all “public squares, streets, libraries and other public institutions around the country.”

Hmm, there are no monuments or statues of Bassa – will my name be remembered when I am gone?