Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Family First

Last night my husband and I had dinner with a good friend of ours that we met while living in Tampa, Florida.  I adore his wife, and we have kids around the same age who have always gotten along really well.  It was wonderful catching up with him, and getting to hear what is new in their world.  During our one of our conversations, he told us that his father will be moving in with them in the Spring instead of heading into assisted living housing.  He said that his father would really prefer to be with family, and I really respect my friends for being so unselfish and supporting him.  This made me start thinking about my parents, and my husband's parents, and about some of the tough decisions that we will probably have to make one day.

Dinner at Fats... yum!

Deciding on how to care for an aging parent must be really difficult.  Each family is different, and has different needs, so there can't be one answer for everyone.  My grandmother really thrived in an assisted living program, as she was so social and enjoyed that aspect of it.  On the other hand, my grandfather seemed to go downhill quickly after being placed in one.

Thankfully my parents are still young and very healthy.  Although I have been threatening them both with the "Sunshine Home" since I was a teenager, when this time comes for them, their happiness will be the most important thing to me.  I will gladly welcome them into my home, or help them in anyway they need.  There has never been a day in my life when I couldn't count on my parents to be there for me if I needed them.  I hope they know they can always count on me for love and support too.


                               
                                     My Dad
My Mom

5 comments:

  1. As I get older, I think about this a lot. Don't look forward to these tough decisions. Love the pic of your parents!

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    1. family first is a mainstream conservative party which believes in strong families, strong values and a strong Australia.As I travel around the country and meet Australian families, farmers and business owners, I see how things are getting a lot tougher for them.

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  2. Family First should be at the centre of our Australian way of life, not government bureaucracies. With the rising cost of living putting more and more pressure on families they need more income to function properly for Family First and make ends meet.

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  3. family first is a mainstream conservative party which believes in strong families, strong values and a strong Australia.As I travel around the country and meet Australian families, farmers and business owners, I see how things are getting a lot tougher for them.

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