Giver of Happy Birthdays
In a world where it seems we are “uber” connected, in a way we are more isolated than ever.
When is the last time you went to a “dinner party”? When is the last time you went to visit an elderly relative? Visited with a neighbor on the porch, or went to a “block party”?
Many of us push the button of a garage door opener, enter our garage then house, only reappearing the next morning as we do the reverse and then do it all over again.
Jim Ganion, a retired salesman from Toledo Ohio, started a tradition 66 years ago that has more and more special meaning as the years go by; he calls most everyone he has ever met, on their birthday. Friend, family, acquaintances, people he doesn’t even remember meeting-they all get a call. I’m sure Jim realizes that for some, his call may be the only birthday call they receive.
When I get an older person on the phone, they are “hungry” for someone to talk to.
I don’t think Jim could have said it any better except I think many more than just older people are hungry for conversation. With our “microwave” mentality and our minds shaped by 30 second sound bites and sit-com scenarios which go from start to finish in 30 minutes (including the commercials), we have lost touch with the simple, the presence of words spoken in love.