We all aspire to create a comfortable and pleasant life for our aging parents. In a loving and supportive family, it is customary for children to take on the responsibility of caring for their parents. At times, this responsibility may entail making difficult decisions.
In the following narrative, a son made a challenging choice for his mother, believing that it was in her best interest to spend the remainder of her life in a care facility. Remarkably, his mother never expressed any grievances about this decision, and he would occasionally visit her.
Nevertheless, there comes a moment when we all must confront the inescapable reality of life. When that moment arrived for his mother, she imparted something to him that would remain etched in his memory forever. While we cannot guarantee the authenticity of this tale, we can assure you that it’s a poignant and emotional journey that might require a box of tissues nearby.
After his father’s death, the son decided to leave his mother at an old age home and visited her on and off. Once he received a call from the old age home, saying, “Mom is very serious, please come to visit.”
The son rushed and found his mom in critical condition, lying on her deathbed. He asked, “Mom, what can I do for you?”
Mom replied, “Please install fans in the old age home, there are none. Also, put a fridge for better food storage because many times I slept without food.”
The son was surprised and asked, “Mom, while you were here, you never complained. Now, with only a few hours left, you are telling me all this. Why?”
Mom replied, “It’s OK, dear. I’ve managed with the heat, hunger, and pain.
But when your children will send you here, I am afraid you will not be able to manage!
She warned me vehemently to take care of what I leave behind and said that this is why she wants to modernize the old age home because she feared that one day, perhaps, my children would abandon me there, and I would experience what she did. Her final words were,
‘What you give is what you get.’”