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A Letter From Mom And Dad.

My Child,

When I grow old, I hope you understand and have patience with me.
In case, i break a plate, or spill soup on the table because I’m losing my eye sight.
I hope you don’t yell at me.
Older people are sensitive , always having self-pity when you yell.
When my hearing gets worse and I can’t hear, what you’re saying.
I hope you don’t call me, “Deaf.”
Please repeat what you said, or write it down.
I’m sorry, my child.
I’m getting older.
When my knees get weaker, I hope you have the patience to help me get up.
Like how I used to help you while you were little, learning to walk.
Please bear with me.
When I keep repeating myself like a broken record,
I hope you just keep listening to me.
Please don’t make fun of me or, get sick of listening to me.
Do you remember when you were little and wanted a balloon?
You repeated yourself over and over, until you got what you wanted.
Please also pardon my smell.
I smell like an old person.
Please don’t force me to shower. My body is weak. Old people get sick easily when they’re cold.
I hope I don’t gross you out.
Do you remember, when you were little?
I used to chase you around because you didn’t want to shower.
I hope you can be patient with me, when I’m always cranky. Its all part of getting old.
You’ll understand when you’re older and if you have spare time, I hope we can talk, even for a few minutes.
I’m always by myself all the time, and have no one to talk to.
I know you’re busy with work.
Even if you’re not interested with my stories, please have time for me.
Do you remember, when you were little?
I used to listen to your stories about your teddy bear.
When the time comes and I get bedridden, I hope you have the patience to take care of me.
I’m sorry.
If I wet the bed or make a mess
I hope you have the patience to take care of me during the last few moments of my life.
I’m not going to last much longer, anyway when the time of my death comes, “I hope you hold my hand and give me the strength to face death and don’t worry.
When I finally meet our Creator ………………..
I’ll whisper in His ear ………………….. to bless you because you loved your mom and dad.
Thank you so much for your
We love you
With much love

Mom & Dad

Note: I stumbled upon this at a food outlet recently. It touched my heart and made me think. “A Letter From Mom & Dad” is not only a timely reminder but it touches the soft spot in us so gently – in this wonderfully written, loving letter.

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104 Comments

  1. nenskei says:

    Thanks for sharing this to us Michael! Means a lot!

  2. orples says:

    What a nice share, Micheal.
    Right, now I am always chiding my youngest to hurry up and get rich, so I can quit worrying about it. He, on the other hand, is constantly reminding me I have to be nice to him because he’ll be choosing my nursing home. LOL. It’s great to have kids … what a feeling of security. ;) … on a serious note, this note reminds me of the song by Harry Chapin … “Cats in the cradle”.

  3. Very nice. Blessings to you.

  4. Very sweet, Michael. Just so touching! Thank you for sharing this:)

  5. gigoid says:

    Thanks for sharing Michael…..a lot of emotion here…..

  6. April says:

    Something we all need to remember! Thanks for sharing this!

  7. This is a reminder that we will one day all age and will need that loving tender care and love as we needed when we were babies. It is amazing that we come into this world, as a newborns needing 24hr care and when we age we go back to children like mind frame of needing that care all over again. I am reminded that we are and will always be children to Christ!

    Thanks for sharing! Blessings to you.

  8. Jeannie says:

    I think I’d like to save a copy to hand to my sons one day…:)

    • Michael says:

      LOL ….. Please do so Jeannie. Have a great day – fill with peace, love, bliss and so forth. Regards.!!!

  9. Reblogged this on Namaste Consulting Inc. and commented:
    Michael’s post was so touching. I cannot tell you how much this means to me. I think about this all the time when I think about my aging parents, when I think about the clients I work with, and when I think about my own aging and the likelihood of someone other than family caregiving for me when I am aged…. I hope we all keep these sentiments in mind as we care….

    • Michael says:

      Hi Jennifer, Thanks for doing the wonderful job of reblogging “A Letter From Mom & Dad.” And more importantly validating it with your kind and loving thoughts. Take good care of your self and Namaste.

  10. Darlene says:

    This is so lovely. I am dealing with an ageing parent right now and it was a perfect reminder. I love my mom so much and hate to see her getting older but I need to remind myself that she is still the sweet, loving wonderful person she always has been. Thank for visiting and liking my blog Michael.

    • Michael says:

      Nice to hear from you Darlene. Delighted to note your feelings on, “A Letter From Mom & Dad.” Have a wonderful Friday and as always, my best wishes in all your future undertakings.!!!

  11. This is akin to the timeless communication of a father to his son.
    ” Hold my hand as I once held yours.”

    Cheers

    Shakti

  12. enitsirk24 says:

    I need to carve out time for my mom. What a huge reminder.

  13. Irene Lefort says:

    Very true! When I was young I remember getting impatient with my granny because of some stuff she did. I am sure she got yelled at a few times from her children too. But as I grew older I realised that she didn’t do it just to spite me or others. She was growing old and became forgetful and sloppy because she couldn’t see that well anymore. It is important to keep in mind that the handicaps of age would catch up with us someday. No matter how much exercise we do or healthy food we eat. When that time comes, we would be grateful to our loved ones for being understanding. We can ensure this behaviour by being role models. The way we take care of our elderly, would show our children how they should treat us when we grow old. As it says in the Matthew 7:12, “Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Simple law and still holds true today. Thank you for sharing this with us. :-) I will reblog this post. Wish you a great weekend! Cheers!

  14. Irene Lefort says:

    Reblogged this on Irene's Words and commented:
    Very true! When I was young I remember getting impatient with my granny because of some stuff she did. I am sure she got yelled at a few times from her children too. But as I grew older I realised that she didn’t do it just to spite me or others. She was growing old and became forgetful and sloppy because she couldn’t see that well anymore. It is important to keep in mind that the handicaps of age would catch up with us someday. No matter how much exercise we do or healthy food we eat. When that time comes, we would be grateful to our loved ones for being understanding. We can ensure this behaviour by being role models. The way we take care of our elderly, would show our children how they should treat us when we grow old. As it says in the Matthew 7:12, “Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Simple law and still holds true today.

  15. G.D. Hardin says:

    I’ve thought about this and just pray for the strength do follow all these requests when it is time :)

  16. Jane Thorne says:

    Michael I wanted to give you the Sunshine Award because you bring bright sunshine into my life … http://wp.me/p1l7Si-yk Love to you x

    • Michael says:

      Jane, I was visiting your side and did not notice this comment. I left a congratulatory message for your goodself. Many thanks for thinking of me, I have been nominated this award earlier. Have a great weekend and Blessings. !!!

  17. thehomeheart says:

    Lovely! Have a blessed day :)

    • Michael says:

      Thank You. I just been to your side and those yummy…………….. made me hungry. You have a great weekend and God Bless.

  18. This is wonderful, thank you for posting Michael..Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.

  19. willofheart says:

    this post brings me into tears, how I wish I am able to do all the care for my mother, this is so touchy, thanks for sharing this one …

  20. Soemthing that everyone should do before it is too late and they are long gone.
    Nice post ….

    • Michael says:

      Very well said Isadora. I agree fully with you on that. Nice to seee you here again. Warmest wishes for the weekend and Best Regards. !!!

  21. Anthony W Daniell says:

    Thank you for this post, it touches my heart, may God bless you all the days of your life. In Jesus love Anthony.

  22. e1aine says:

    I’m working yet another Saturday tomorrow and planned to crash out afterwards, but I’m finishing early, perhaps I’ll catch up with my Mum instead. Thanks for this post, it makes you think, doesn’t it!

  23. logan51891 says:

    This is beautiful, it touched a nerve. Thank you for sharing something so lovely.

    Luis

    • Michael says:

      Hi Logan, I agree with you. It pricks then jolts the mind to think – reflect and then pose us a question, “What are the areas we can effectively build on ……………. from today?” Have a great weekend my friend.

  24. flyoverhere says:

    This close to home for me. My Mom has cancer. She refuses food. I pray that she feels the love of her family…

    • Michael says:

      Thanks for sharing my friend. I too had an Auntie who had cancer. She was unable to eat and suffered in pain before she was called home. But, i think she was conscious and feel the love from her loved ones. Best Regards and have a great weekend.!!!

  25. jmgoyder says:

    Perusing your blog now – wonderful!

  26. Michael, that is so beautiful and sensitive! Life goes quickly (especially when we are enjoying it)! Anyone of us may “be there” someday. Thank you for posting those touching truths!

    • Michael says:

      Hi Margaret, Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Indeed, anyone of us will be there one day. This post have touched many hearts. More will benefit as a result. Have a beautiful weekend. Regards.!!!

  27. Namita Lad says:

    everyone should realize this thing
    i read similar stuff sometimes back and it’s still in my mind whenever I’m with my parents and what a coincidence, I happen to read your post today..which is my Dad’s birthday
    you may like to read the one I wrote for my dad here:

    http://whatlifesays.wordpress.com/

  28. Yes, this is touching in a culture where we value youth to the exclusion of our elders. Especially. And we’re not getting any younger, any of us!
    Thanks for the sweet post.

    • Michael says:

      I agree Bela. You have a valid point there. Based on the feedback received thus far, my observation is it is very well recieved by those in the younger age group as well. Happy Sunday Bela and to all at home.!!!

      • Same to you Michael. And I’m happy to hear you got such positive feedback from younger folks! It’s important to be open to the wisdom of our elders, for sure. And to help those in need, no matter who they might be. Take care.

        • Michael says:

          Thank Bela. You take care too. While looking forward to hear from you in the not too distant future, have another great week Bela.!!!

  29. eof737 says:

    It is a beautiful and sincere letter… ;-)

  30. Onchita says:

    It’s a beautiful letter Michael. Reminds me of Karma-what you give to others comes back to you. Thanks for sharing!

    • Michael says:

      I agree Onchita. And a slight reminder on Karma. To me, Karma is a very beautiful word that carries a very broad definition and practice. Have a meaningful weekend and warmest wishess in all your future undertakings.!!!

  31. wow. that is so beautiful. so bittersweet..

  32. Insightful,sobering and most humbling.Thanks!

  33. khurshidetasawwuf says:

    touched deep inside my heart,I say we should stop racism,we all have something unique inside us i.e Humanity ,Hail The Humanity

  34. WhirlingPoet says:

    i never cried,but some drop of water came from my eyes,strange…

  35. It is very moving and very real…like the little child’s book called, “I love you so much”. In the end it is the son holding the mother on his lap in the rocking chair. Beauty at its best….

  36. sistertosister53 says:

    Thank you Michael for sharing this…it was very touching. God Bless you! :)

  37. [...] A touching and somewhat related link: http://jamesdez.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/a-letter-from-mom-and-dad/ [...]

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