After his wife died, elderly man invited to eat lunch with kids at local school so he doesn’t have to eat alone
An elderly man who lost his beloved wife 6 years ago, was invited to start having lunch with students at a local school so he doesn’t have to eat every meal alone.
86-year-old, Cyril Aggett, said he’d “be lost” without the standing invitation to enjoy some human interaction, Plymouth Live reported.
The brilliant idea was born afterr students at Coome Dean Secondary School, in Devon, England, realized they hadn’t seen Aggett outside of his home following the death of his wife, Shirley.
About a month after her funeral, staff called to invite him in for lunch – and it made Aggett very happy.
Four days a week Aggett joins the chaos of a school lunchroom to chat with students and staff. It helps to fulfill the basic need to be social and it also keeps his mind sharp and engaged.
Humans are social animals, and loneliness can be just as harmful to your health as any other disease. And what better way for Aggett to feel included than to mix it up with the younger crowd.
“When I first came here I was down in the dumps,” he told Plymouth Live. “I get a cup of tea, my lunch and good service. Everybody talks to me, the office staff is brilliant.”
In recent months, Aggett said the loneliness set in again but the lunches helped him find a reason to smile again.
“A couple of months ago, I wasn’t really getting up until about 2 p.m. in the afternoon, it was lovely weather and I couldn’t be bothered,” the grandfather told Plymouth Live. “I think Shirley must have said, ‘Pull your socks up, you know.’ Coming down here has brought me out of my shell again.”
Aggett said that he loves the “company and the noise.” When the school goes on break for holidays, they send him home with sausages and pies to stock his freezer.
“I’d be lost if I didn’t come down here,” he told Plymouth Live.
Nothing lasts forever, including heartbreak and loneliness. Sometimes all we need is a good conversation, a few hugs and for people to show they care.
If you ever find that someone is struggling with loneliness, start a conversation and let him or her know you care – you’ll be surprised how that little thing changes your own life – It’s Majic!