This inspiring story is a great lesson on how we can be a huge influence on the lives of one another by doing the simplest of things.
A grandfather and his grandson had a tradition of going to a nursing home just a few blocks away from their home to visit some of the people living there.
The grandfather strongly believed that “whoever visits the sick gives them life,” and he taught his grandson the same principle.
At the nursing home, the pair always visited five people. First of these was Mrs. Sokol, whom the grandson had named “The Cook,” because she always liked to talk about the time when she was a cook in Russia, famous for her chicken soup.
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Then they visited Mr. Meyer, also known as “The Joke Man.” He told them jokes while they sat around his coffee tables. He would often laugh at his own jokes, shaking heavily and turning red in the face occasionally.
The third person they visited was Mr. Lipman, whom the grandson called, “The Singer.” He had an amazing voice and loved to sing for them.
In the door right next to him was Mrs. Kagan, also known as “The Grandmother.” She loved showing them pictures of her grandchildren. Those pictures also decorated her walls.
Then they visited Mrs. Schrieber, who shared with them her countless experiences of old days. The grandson called her “The Memory Lady.”
Finally, they visited Mr. Krull, who didn’t say much and would mostly listen to them. He was called, “The Quiet Man.”
All these people, including the woman-in-charge of the nursing home, loved having the grandfather and grandson. They always asked them to come back again another week.
And so they continued to this throughout the year, even during rain or snow. They walked together to visit their friends from the nursing home.
Then, one day, the grandfather got very sick and had to be taken to the hospital. The doctors declared that he wasn’t going to get any better.
When Saturday came that week, the grandson went alone to visit the nursing home. Although he was sad, he remembered his grandfather’s words, “Nothing should stand in the way of doing a good deed.”
He met everyone as usual and also told them about his grandfather. They gave him their sympathies and prayed for his speedy recovery.
A few days later, he was keeping his grandfather company in the hospital. He was not eating anything, he could not sit up, and could hardly speak a word. Things did not look good for him. Saddened, the grandson went to a corner and started to cry.
Just then a nurse walked into the room and announced, “There are some people here to visit you.”
This was followed by another familiar voice, “Is this the place with the party?”
When the grandson looked up, it was The Joke Man along with other friends from the nursing home, including the woman-in-charge.
They spent a lot of time with his grandfather. The Cook told him about how she would feed him her famous soup once he recovered. The Joke Man told his new jokes. The Grandmother showed him “Get Well Soon” cards. The Singer sang for them all.
Soon the visiting hours were up and everyone returned after saying a short prayer for the grandfather.
That evening, the grandfather called the nurse in and asked for some food, saying he was hungry. Before long, he regained his strength and began to sit up.
Soon, he was able to get out of bed and felt better and better each day. The day finally came when he was allowed to go home.
The doctors later announced that the grandfather’s recovery was a medical miracle. But the grandson knew the truth: whoever visits the sick gives them life.
His grandfather felt better because of the visit of their friends from the nursing home.
This story was published on Bored Daddy.