Aging Parents

Aging parents create special worry. After years of looking after children, minding their scrapes and boo-boos, staying up late to ensure their offspring arrive home safely, launching them into the world, and caring for grandchildren, the time comes when the roles reverse. The children now are the caregivers.

I have spent part of the afternoon hanging out with my parents, a job that my younger sister has been doing fairly regularly recently. I did a few errands around the house. Clearly, they are not able to do some of the things that they were once able to do. As I did the small repairs and sorted through a couple of items, I was acutely aware of the fragility of aging. Dad guided me through some of the tasks. Mom reminded him that I knew something about tools due to some volunteer work that I had done. I smiled at both of them, understanding where it was coming from.

Compassion comes in many forms and I have to admit that this was one of the best visits I have had with my parents in a while.



Reflection Questions

How are your parents aging?
What do they need from you?


You created us to be family,
to be dependent on one another,
to be helpmates for each other.
When the roles reverse,
make me compassionate and merciful.


About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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3 Responses to Aging Parents

  1. It is very hard, isn’t it.

  2. Karen Wheadon says:

    Very sweet Suzanne:)

    Sent from my iPad


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