I haven’t given much thought to what I will do when I get older. I don’t mean in 15 or 20 years, I mean in 40 or 50 years when walking is hard, talking is harder, and getting up to use the restroom might be downright impossible! For now, my parents (and even my grandparents) are just fine living on their own. My grandparents have someone to deliver their groceries and check their mail, but in a few years they might need to consider other options. That leads me to think about what I will do when I hit my late 80s and early 90s. Will I need to live with my kids to save money on a retirement home? Who knows…but the family in this story learned a very valuable lesson when they brought their father in to live with them!
In that moment, those parents must have felt a LOT of shame. They weren’t looking at the bigger picture. This is the man that raised his son, picking up his spills and cleaning his messes. He deserved more respect than they were giving him, but it took the actions of a small child to get them to see it. Our aging parents deserve a lot more than just a place to stay. They deserve to be taken care of – just like they took care of us!
What did you think of this story? Did these kids go too far?