We may have all the wealth and honor on earth and no matter how high
we've scaled in our career or elsewhere, if we do not have a good
relationship with our parents, we are a failure. The greatest of
all in the eyes of God is the amount of love that we give to them. The
most beautiful thing in this world is to see our parents smiling
and knowing that we are the reason behind that smile. Here's a
touching message of unknown aging and insecure parents to their children.
To our dear child:
On the day when you see us old, weak and weary, have patience
and try to understand us. If we get dirty when eating, if we can not dress on
our own, please bear with us and remember the times we spent feeding and
dressing you up.
If, when we speak to you, we repeat the same things over and over again, do not
interrupt us. Listen to us. When you were small, we had to read to you thousand
and one times the same story until you went to sleep.
When we do not want to have a shower, neither shame nor scold us.
Remember when we had to chase you with your thousand excuses to get you to the
When you see our ignorance on new technologies, help us navigate our way through
those world wide webs. We taught you how to do so many things, to eat the right
foods, to dress appropriately, to fight for your rights.
When at some moment we lose the memory or the thread of our conversation, let us
have the necessary time to remember. And if we can not, do not become nervous,
as the most important thing is not our conversation, but surely to be with you
and to have you listening to us.
When our tired legs give way and do not allow us to walk without a cane, lend us
your hand. The same way we did, when you first tried your faltering steps.
If ever we do not want to eat, do not force us. We know well when
we need to and when not to. And when someday we say to you, that we do not want to live any more. That we
want to die! Do not get angry. Some day you will understand. Try to understand
that our age is not lived but survived. Some day you will realize that, despite
our mistakes, we always wanted the best thing for you and we tried to prepare
the way for you.
You must not feel sad, angry nor ashamed for seeing us near you. Instead, try to
understand us and help us like we did when you were young. Help us to walk. Help
us to end our way with love and dignity. We will pay you by a smile and by the
immense love we have always had for you in our heart. We love you child. -
Mom and Dad
Many of us are so busy growing up and making a living, that we often forget that
our parents are
also growing old. Let's remember and love them.
By Tim Pedrosa