- Family and Parenting
Retired Old Parents
Retired Old Parents
The Letter arrived !
Many years ago, in a little village somewhere, when the daily post arrived, the postmaster would stand in front of the post office and read out the names on the envelopes. A man stood in that little gathering. He was waiting for a letter from his son who had gone to a far away city to earn riches. Day in day out, month in month out, year in year out, the man stood there every day waiting for his name to be read. Finally a letter came and his name was read out. But he was there no more. The letter, an open postcard, had the message that his son was alright, was married and had two children. The letter was delivered to his grave.
Children, Grand Children
Many of you have their children living separately, in the next street, or the next city or the next country. You love them. You crave to see your grand children. You feel loneliness. You wait and you wait and you wait but they never come to see you, not even a phone call.
This message is for those children:
Before the Time Runs Out
If you have retired old parents
Living alone somewhere away
Write a letter or make a phone call
You have been thinking of every day.
Don’t wait until they get Parkinson
Their ears can’t hear or eyes black out
Show them, you care, here and now
Before the time runs out.
They are waiting to hear your sweet voice
And words of love and kindness
Hold their hands and look in their eyes
Before they depart for Heavens.
Bitter memories may haunt you ever after, if
Duties and responsibilities thrown out
So go, make your loved ones happy
Before their time runs out.
Now this message is for seniors.
In India and many other countries the average life expectancy is much less than in the developed countries like Australia, UK or USA. So here you have a bonus of longer life. Now make use of it. Don’t sit idle after retirement. Move around, be active and enjoy life. You have saved for retirement; now spend in retirement. Otherwise on the last day your mind will be filled with regrets.
Before Saying the World Good Bye
Our life is too short
Tomorrow is unknown
Let us live in present
Today is our own.
The fortune has given you bonus
The time may vanish if you stop
So spend happily your riches
Love, money and the lot.
Open Your Heart
At the same time, don’t forget your children and grand children. You love them. So open your heart for them, regardless of whatever their behaviour may be. The parents’ responsibility ends only with the end of their life.
A loving phone call never made
SMS of kindness never sent
A message from the heart unsent
The joys of life unspent.
Hearts May Weep
Your wealth will remain in this world when you go. But your love for your nearest and dearest will disappear after you go. So give it to them, in plentiful, Now.
For these some hearts may weep
For these some loved ones may cry
So tell them you love them very much
Before saying the world Good Bye.
(Presented at NRISA - Northern Region Indian Seniors Association, Melbourne - on 17/3/2013 Sunday at Uniting Church Hall, Ivanhoe, Australia)
The Modern Age
There is a growing concern in the modern age that the elder parents are not cared for by their children. . It is commonly said that, “two parents can raise four children but four children cannot care for two parents”. The reasons may be manifolds but the end result is that quite often the old parents have a miserable lonely life, are surviving on handouts from governments or charities or are thrown out in the aged care homes