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Cultural Baggage Or Strong Parenting?

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A few days back during my weekly grocery trip, I was at the yogurt section patiently waiting for an elderly lady to get done. After a few seconds I realized she will probably take a while so I politely asked her to excuse me so that I could reach and pick the 'greek yogurt' and be on my way. She replied, "Sure. I can't find what I am looking for." I smiled, got my yogurt and got out of her way. 

Usually I am extra careful with elderly people. I have had a few interactions with grumpy ones so I am little vary. But call it cultural baggage or some strong parenting that I can never be rude or disregard them completely. Even if they -

But I digress .... So ... I was about to go on but something told me to wait a few seconds as that lady really looked lost. After I saw her struggling for over a minute, I took my chances and asked her, "Can I help you find what you are looking for?" The reason I didn't immediately offer help was also to do with the fact that I do not ever want older citizens to feel that they are not capable of doing things just because they are older. I want to be helpful, but also be respectful and not come across as 'know-it-all' just because I am younger in age. 

Thankfully, I did not offend her and she replied, "Yes, please. My daughter wants me to put on some weight so she has asked me to get flavored yogurt which is not light or fat-free". She was having a hard time finding a regular fruit flavored yogurt in the brand her daughter had suggested. And rightfully so. It was not until that afternoon that I realized 9 out of 10 fruit yogurts are either 'light' or fat-free. Apparently, brands have forgotten about people who might not be on a diet or rather looking for fat in their yogurts. Anyways, after a few minutes of looking high and low, we were able to find ONE brand which had what the lady was looking for. I asked her, if needed help with anything else. She said, "No! Thank you." and I left her to do remaining of her groceries.

Since, I don't live with my parents, who are not that old yet, but you know ... one day they will be that old too ... so whenever I have such interactions I can't help but wonder and hope that someone would help them too ... when they might get stuck in everyday life. 

Moving on to the outfit ... this is EXACTLY the same outfit as I wore here ... I simply just switched up the accessories and voila! Also, I am stil in love with Kimonos. You can get 20% off at my favorite brand Elizabeth Gillet with code: LOVEYOURSTYLE 

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Location - Maryland

Jumpsuit - Lou & Grey // Another
Shoes - Coach // Better
Sunglasses - Elizabeth & James // Similar
Kimono - c/o Elizabeth Gillet // Same

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17 comments

  1. Your kimono is giving me all the Monday feels! I love it! And I love the sentiment of how to treat the elderly! I work with the elderly and I just love it!

    Xx,
    Nonee

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  2. Your kimono is beautiful! I always try to help elderly people too, but you're right, sometimes you have tread carefully so as not to offend them. My mom is there now, and she gets really mad when we try to help her.

    XOXO
    Cathy

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  3. That was so kind of you to take the to help her! I bet she really appreciated it! There are people who don't even take the time to acknowledge that.

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  4. Thats so kind that you helped her, and such a good reminder.

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  5. I admire how kind you were to the woman (and are toward everyone). It's nice to be helpful.

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  6. I love your outfit. I get what you are saying. It is nice that you think about others too. Keep doing good

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  7. Such a gorgeous printed kimono - love the colorful layering!

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  8. Love the colors here! And so nice of you to help, we need to all spread more kindness.

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  9. I can understand why you'd be more reserved before chatting with the elderly lady at the supermarket. It can be a challenge to know what you might get as a return response, but it sounds like it was a positive experience, for which I'm glad.

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  10. Sometimes it can be tricks to find a balance between empowering people and helping them. I guess we just hope for the best when interacting with others. As for your outfit, that kikonomis gorgeous! I love the blue shoes, too.

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  11. What a fun story to share! I love how you are aware and open to helping others.

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  12. I think you handled that situation perfectly!

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  13. Interesting thought and a fun story! LOVE those blue heels, too.

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  14. These little moments can mean so much to people! That was an awesome way to help someone.

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  15. So sweet of you to help her! I do the same thing because if it were my grandma, I would hope someone would be sweet to her too! Love your kimono also!

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  16. Super cute kimono! Can pair well with so many things!

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  17. You're such a sweetheart! It's so important that we take care of one another, especially as we get older!

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