Day before yesterday an old man-most probably in his sixties-came to our home searching for some kind of gardening work. Since we are already in search of a gardener-thanks to our old one who just went away without any notice and took away one of our huge water storing utensils which used to lay in the backyard-we thought okay let him do the cleaning of the grass and some planting here and there in the backyard and the outer garden. The cost and all was being fixed by the MIL and I was just a silent spectator from the kitchen.
While he was working I looked at him curiously and noticed that he was wearing nice decent clothes-crisp white and also carrying a neat umbrella.I also noticed that he is getting tired by doing the work he was doing-I got a feeling as if he is not used to it or may be the age… I started wondering:
- Was it our fault to give him the work which was-may be-out of his physical capacity ?
- Or is it not nice to know the a man is working and earning money rather just sitting an begging somewhere?
- As from his clothes he looked from a decent family if not totally rich.So what made him come in search of work like this ? Who or what was responsible?
- After finishing the work-which he did neatly and as expected-Hubby gave him the fixed amount. I felt should we not have given a little extra on top of that or it would have insulted him in some way or the other-given that he believed in earning the money and not asking for it?
It left me wondering…was it good or bad or both to have an old man work in your garden like this ? What life he must have at home or wherever he lives ? Does he have any family members ? May be a wife .. something made me just a little sad about the whole episode 😐 though I felt proud that he didn’t beg for money !