When I was a retirement community chaplain just after I graduated seminary, I was also the mother of two very young children. I often recognized the strengths I needed for one were beneficial for the other: listening, a willingness to move more slowly, wide-eyed wonder, respect for the now-ness of life, patience patience patience.
One community center in Seattle is bringing together the young and the old in a combined nursing home and preschool program that is certain to benefit and honor both. You can see a small clip of what they’re doing here.
And, it’s a great concrete example of what I shared about Moltmann’s thoughts on cooperation and competition a few weeks back in this post.