August 5, 2007 8:33pm CST
This is especially for the older folk, but anyone can comment. Do you have happy memories of you're childhood? Can you still 'see' your mom's smile, 'feel' you're dad's hand on your shoulder? Do you remember their wise advice? Okay, so I'm getting sentimental tonight, I've earned the right. I had a happy life as a child although different from many of my friends. The youngest of a large family, my father was sixty and mother forty-three when I was born. I spent hours listening to my father tell stories of his childhood much as others did their grandfather. We weren't rich, not even close, but there was always enough. We didn't need much, we were happy. My father passed on at the age of ninety-five, and my mother moved in with my family, where she lived happily for another nine years. I know those were different times and I'm not against change, in fact I'm all for it, just a little emotional tonight. Forgive me please.
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6 Aug 07
Oh dear, I know how you feel, I have been thinking of my parents a lot lately, my dad passed away suddenly in 1995 and my Mum passed away in 1999, I had to have my Mum put in to a Nursing home as she had Alzheimers and as I wasn't getting much help I broke down while I was looking after her, even though it was something I had to do I sometimes find it hard to live with, the trauma I had to go through to get her into the Nursing Home was horrible sometimes I find it hard to live with the guilt and it doesn't matter how much I tell myself I had no choice I just can't get over it, I think because I was so lucky to have two beautiful parents and the best childhood I guess I feel I owed them so much more, it is so hard when you get older thinking about the two people I guess love you more than any other person could, unconditionally...but we must go on.
6 Aug 07
Hi lilaclady,Thank you for commenting. I must tell you don't feel guilt about having to put your mother in a nursing home. My mother passed away twenty-four years ago and things were different then. Even so my mother remained healthy until she had a stroke and had to be taken to hospital. She passed away about two weeks later.If she had Alzheimers, I'm sure we would not have been able to manage either. You too were lucky to have had good parents. I'm sure you did your best. Blessings.