Life lately in 2016
As I’m writing this post’s title, I started to freak out a bit. I can’t believe that we only have four weeks left in 2016 and that the holidays are really upon us. This past week was a bit of a whirlwind between Thanksgiving and spending quality time with different family members and friends. It was a nice break from our usual routine.
But with all joy comes a bit of sadness, right? The happiness and holiday merrymaking this weekend was tinged with the sadness of an aunt’s passing on Thanksgiving Day. Her death just reminds me of how fleeting our time is here in this planet and brings me back to the reality that my parents are getting old. We are entering a new phase in our relationship that I’m not used to. To be honest, I don’t know how to parent my parents…that’s a major role reversal, isn’t it? Parenting my own kids is one thing but doing that to my own parents, who are notoriously stubborn, proud and independent, is another matter altogether. I suppose like with all loved ones, I’ll just have to learn to be there for them in their own terms, giving them some leeway to live their lives the way they want with dignity and pride. As any dutiful daughter, I will just have to wait for them to let me know when my help is needed. Of course, it’s easier said than done.
Have a great week!