Aging Loved Ones

old mom

I spent time with my mother for her 63rd birthday. We had a lot of fun but we also talked about how life is changing for her. Then, coincidentally I ran across this post on a friend’s facebook page and felt compelled to post it as a kind reminder to us all who see our parents entering later life stages.

LETTER FROM A MOTHER TO A DAUGHTER:

“My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.

When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?

When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way… remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.

If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.

And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked.

When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love.

I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you… my darling daughter.”

http://www.everything-beautiful.com/most-beautiful-letter-from-mother-to-daughter/

I will be there for my mom and my dad as they march through late life. While I know it will get harder as time goes by, I am grateful that I have so many resources to help us all get through it with grace, dignity  and family closeness. If you find yourself dealing with this sort of complexity with limited resources or excessive stress, please contact me for supportive services.

http://www.laveldanaylor.com/

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