When we were children and in their care, I doubt taking care of us was viewed as a job. I believe they cared for us because they loved us and wanted to nurture us. Now that they have reached an age where the simple, everyday tasks are becoming more difficult for them, they need us to step up and help. To take care of our parents as they age is a great manifestation of our love for them.
It is one’s choice to accept it or not. But one thing is for sure; that choice reflects what kind of person you are. Personally, I will take it as an honor to be their shoulders to lean on during their reclining years. I will never place my parents in a nursing home. And there are a number of reasons why. First and foremost, I owe my life to my parents. For without them, I know I wouldn’t be here. All their efforts, labors that were given to me should be reciprocated twice on what they have sacrificed.
They are my first mentors, my first hugs and kisses, my first supporters and my first companion in this world. If they have offered all their might and all their best during their youth to me, why then would I not return much more to the knowing that I am capable of doing so? Second is the universally accepted truth that no one else in this world would render the most saintly care for parents except their own children. Imagine how they feel when other people take care of them instead of us.
Some people do not treat our parents well and it is important that we as children should be the one to take care of our elderly parents. A child’s love and care for his parents is exceptional and will never be equated, will never be matched by the love of anyone. Lastly, when financial matters become an issue, or issues about career priorities are raised to complain such duty, I personally view it as an ultimate expression of ingratitude. There’s no point being in the best of our careers if we do not take our part n caring them. What is the essence of a life full of material investments if we lack all the time to give something to the ones who have nurtured us to be fully equipped in this world? Taking care of our parents may present a challenge, but also one of the biggest blessings in our lives. It’s an opportunity to pour our lives into the lives of the very parents who spared no expense to be the wind beneath our wings. It is what we do to them that will make them happy in the remaining days of their life on earth.