As a mother approached her final years she reflected on how it is like to start becoming forgetful and dependent, and she penned a touching letter that reminds us of all we have our parents to thank for.
The viral letter, shared by Bored Daddy, reminds us all to be patient with our elders considering how they cared for us and were always there when we needed them and relied on them, and it is a lesson everybody needs to internalize.
There is nothing that can compare to the love of a devoted mother, but this is something many tend to forget when the time comes for us to give back a small part of all the things they did for us as we grew up and even as adults. Here it goes:
LETTER FROM AN AGING MOTHER
“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 slow 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.
A WOMAN DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO CHAT TO HER ELDERLY FATHER
Life is full of passing and meaningful moments that we take for granted until it is too late. The story of this woman who kept postponing a chat with her father might serve as a lesson for us all to treasure the present.
She learned that we should not take things for granted, but she did it the hard way, when it was too late, and she hopes that by sharing her story others could avoid making the same mistake.
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