Older Adult’s Problem: Empty, sad life caused by a death of wife and empty nest.
Youth Savior Solution: Plant-sitting.
The Moral: This is your standard Up!-style story (I love that movie too, but you see the problems in it now, right?)
The underlying moral is a good one – we all need something to care about, and if possible, someone to care for. Life gets a little empty if all we have to care about is ourselves. This is a great message!
But let’s not do it in a way that paints older adults as too oblivious to solve their own problems. This guy could have stopped by the garden store on his own, if he was so inclined. If the death of his wife and the empty nest left by his children was that bad and he truly wanted to solve it, a reasonably reasonable adult would go get a hobby or find something else to do. They don’t need a kid to come up with obvious solutions like ‘grow a plant.’