Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Glimpse of the Future

The last couple of weeks have been tough ones for me, because they have revealed a future that I am not sure I am ready for.....

A couple of weeks ago my uncle died. As I visited the funeral home on the day of his burial I found myself thinking of the inevitability of the loss of my own parents.

Then, this week, my mother celebrated her 74th birthday and I found myself returning to a local funeral home as one of my colleagues buried her mother.

I have been lucky to have both of my parents for as long as I have. My father has been through several accidents and life experiences that could have taken him from us. My mother, though in relative good health, has been experiencing memory loss in recent years and seems to be constantly experiencing some type of health issue.

Each time that I speak with Mom and she tells me that Dad isn't feeling well, my heart grips for a few seconds. I find myself wondering if he is finally experiencing some illness that could be the one that takes him away.

I know that I will never REALLY be ready to lose my parents, but this glimpse of the future has really jarred me.

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