What are your plans for retirement? Hopefully, you’ve got a bit of a savings for after you stop working, but the majority of aging parents are finding themselves needing the aid of their children more and more with the rising costs of…well, everything. What if you end up needing a lot of medical care, or can’t live on your own any longer? There are a lot of aspects of aging that we don’t like to think about, and in this man’s case, it all hit him at once!
After his father’s death, a son decided to leave his mother at an old age home because he didn’t have the time to look after her between work and his family. He paid for her stay, but only visited her on and off.
Once he received a call from the old age home. “Your mother is in a very serious state, we think it would be best if you came soon and said your goodbyes.”
So the son went and saw that his mom was very critical condition and laying on what would soon be her death bed.
“Mom, what can I do for you?”
His mother told him her to-do list. “Please install fans. There aren’t any inside, and sometimes simply opening the window doesn’t bring in enough of a breeze. Also, bring in a refrigerator because the food just doesn’t keep after while. Going to bed without food can be uncomfortable.”
The son was surprised and asked,”Mom, while you were here you never complained about any of this. Why are you bringing it all up now?”
Mom replied “It’s fine dear, I’ve managed with the heat, hunger, and occasional pain. I’m just worried for you! When your children send you here, I am afraid you will not be able to manage at all!”
Even while this mother was uncomfortable and having problems, she was still thinking about her child above everything. Reading stories like this makes me remember to care about how my parents will feel about their care after they can no longer provide for themselves. It’s easier for me to remember how much they have done for me when I’m changing a diaper or kissing a scraped knee, but in 20 years, will I still remember? I hope so. I really do.
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