Life is like a circle. One day, we are kids taken care of by our parents for all our needs. And then, years later, when our parents reach the golden years, the roles switch and we find ourselves taking care of them.
Our parents might need help to get around or in their daily tasks, or they might be ill and will require patience and love of their child.
But in today’s life, it’s easy to forget all that our parents did for us. And we are confident that each and every one of you feel or felt at any particular phase of life that he wasn’t always there for mom and dad.
So when I read this letter, I immediately thought of my parents. Just like the woman who wrote the letter, my mother was always there for me no matter what.
In the letter, the author reminds her daughter how she gently nursed as she grew up, and she asks her daughter for the same patients as she ages. It’s a great reminder of all the things our parents did for us and how we need to treat them when they need our help.
It’s a letter that everyone should read before their parents get older.
Beloved child, the day after you watch me getting old, I ask you to be patient, but most of all, try to understand what’s happening to me. If we go, 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 how I would read the same story night after night until you fell asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t get mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to chase you and trying to make you take a shower when you were a little girl? When I’m not cleaning or understand new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me like that. Remember, honey, I taught you many things like eating right, getting dressed, comb your hair, and deal with everyday issues.
The day you see me getting older, I’m asking you to be patient, but most of all, try to understand what is happening to me. Sometimes I can not keep the things we talk about, give me the time to remember, and if I can not, do not be angry, do not be impatient or arrogant. Just you know in your heart that the most important for me is to spend time with you. And when my old and tired feet can not allow me to move quickly as in the past, give me your hand the same way I gave you mine when you started to walk. When those days will come, don’t feel sad – just stay with me, and understand me when I come to the end of my life with love. I’ll treasure and thank you for the gift of time and the happiness we shared. With a big smile and a great love for me you were always, I just want to say, I love you, my dear daughter.