Inspiration

By Charles Towne

Historically, certain ethnic people abandoned those of their people that were too old or feeble to care for themselves. 

Though seemingly cruel and indifferent I can understand this treatment that seems to have been practiced by certain indigenous people.   

In the far north family members were occasionally abandoned in the wilderness due to the fact that if their care fell to a relatively small tribal group that care could create a burden of survival for all involved.

During the cold of the winter, some of the northern tribes were known to take the elderly and infirm out into the wilderness and let the cold solve the problem.

Today, in modern society, as difficult as it might be to accept the truth of the matter, abandonment of the sick and infirm is still practiced.

You might well ask how can I make such an insensitive statement?

Well, as Dezi Arnez would say, let me “splain” by using an illustration.

My sweetheart, Nancy, by the testimony of her family, was always a good wife and a wonderful mama, then she became ill with M.S., and time passed.  Then, after several years, Nanny began slowly showing signs of another disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a nightmare affliction causing confusion and bewilderment to all involved.

Due to the disease Nan’s family, mother, father, and son abandoned her.  They didn’t know how to cope with the quirks of the disease.

Over nearly twenty years I have learned.

I am still learning.


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Ahhh, dear NH, i THANK YOU FOR THE KIND WORDS BUT WE ALL HAVE OUR LOW MOMENTS WHEN WE DO SEEM TO REACH OUR LIMITS. I thank God that He is always there to enable and support each of us when we reach our extremity. Bless you, Chaz

  2. Dear Mike, and then there are those moments. I imagine there are those moments when each of us, in our humanity, are tempted to run away. But, the real test is in the stick to it of ness that we display at those moments of our extremity. Even our Lord, as He was facing the cross called out in His extremity, “Father, if it be your will let this cup pass from me!” But, praise God He stood fast, for our goos and our ultimate salvation. Yes, Praise God. Thanks pal, Chaz

  3. I can never understand how people find it easier to not face a situation but just close the door on it. It is one thing to be so busy that you have no time to look around at the wonder of G-S’s earth but to go through life in total disregard of others much less of family is against G-D’s teachings.

  4. I am so sure the way so many people treat other people displeases Papa God. But there are those of us that love the others of us that need that love beyond imagining. Thanks so much Herb, Chaz

  5. Charlitos:
    Even Your Beautiful Queen have been lost part of family, she GoT a Treasure in her life, You, the Young and Brave young Brother Charlie !!! You’re the OnE for Her and for many People … Also, GOD Bless You and Thank You for having you for 85th Chance !!! PAL !!! !!!

  6. Abandonment…that is a sad fact, but true. Thank God for people like you, Chuck, who love are are
    obedient. The Lord sees and will
    reward you greatly. God bless you.

  7. First of all let me say, feliz aniversário, now on to comments;
    You are correct, many peoples/tribes did abandon those members to old and infirm to care for themselves, as well as those who were seriously injured but this was not an uncaring abandonment but rather a pratical matter of survival! Most of these peoples revered their elders for the wisdom and learning gained from their years and it was never a easy decision for them I imagine.
    Today I believe we have reached a much lower level, we abandon our elderly family members as soon as it becomes inconvenient to care for them. Go to a nursing home and ask what percentage of the patients have regular visits by family or anyone for that matter! It is a sad but too often true state of affairs. “As you have done for the least if these!”

  8. Leonardo De LaRosa Cano, my dear friend and brother in our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, thank you so very much for the kind words. God has blessed me with Nancy, for it is a great truth that I am a better man because of her. Bless you pal, Carlitos

  9. Dear CSG,, WE LIVE IN A STRANGE TIME, A TIME WHEN ABANDONMENT SEEMS TO BE THE RULE RATHER THAN THE EXCEPTION. THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE RULE OF PAPA GOD, BUT IT IS A FACT. WE NEED TO BE IN CONSTANT PRAYER AND LISTEN FOR PAPA GOD’S DIVINE VOICE SPEAKING TO US IN LOVE. BLESSINGS ON YOU DEAR FRIEND, CHAZ

  10. Richard, thanks for the birthday greetings pal. The thing that is difficult for me to get my head around is that supposedly we live in a time when people are “supposed” to be more “civilized!” “Burial”, or abandonment in a “nursing” home is so sad. Out of sight, out of mind, seems to be the order of the day. If the family members of those abandoned to such an existence could see and really understand the broken souls they have doomed to this living death< but then I don't really know if it would make any difference. Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Chaz

  11. Keep on keepin’ on Charles. Sorry for the grievous behavior of others that have effectively abandoned you also, to be the lone visitor and caretaker for Nancy. I know you really just care for their absence for her sake, not yours. But, it is also not such a good deal for you. Like others have commented, stay strong, keep the faith. I know you will.

  12. Dear Kristin, dear friend, kind words, much appreciated. As much as Alzheimer’s is difficult to bare I am glad that for most of the time, due to memory loss, the victim, after awhile no longer misses what they no longer remember. Perhaps that is merciful. Bless you dear one, Chaz

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