Week 48/52

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!




untitled-101-of-110 Courtesy of Karen Zorn from Dulce Petit



  1. Happy thanksgiving
    I noticed this shift lately. We used to get news of grandparents passing away, new babies and marriages and now it’s parents and aunts and uncles passing.
    Living so far from family makes me fearful of how quick time flies by. I visit once a year and I see them aging so quickly. We can only love them and fill our time with them with good memories

    • Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! It’s a challenging period, this whole “changing of the guard” as parents, aunts and uncles pass away. All of a sudden we are now the adults who are entrusted to keep family spirit alive. But like you said, we can’t do much to change things. Our memories and affection will connect us to our past and buoy us into our future.

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