If we’re fortunate, we live long enough to share our adulthoods with our parents. Indeed, one of the joys of aging is having the opportunity to connect with parents when we’re all adults, when the challenging dynamics of childhood are in our rearview mirrors. Yet with this privilege comes the keen awareness that some day we may have to become our parents’ caregivers, rather than the reverse which defined our lives for decades. The poet Robert Frost wrote, “The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” Fortunately, many of us regard this as a true honor, as we hear from Donna Perry.
Donna Perry is a registered nurse who hails from nearby Massachusetts. Her mother passed away earlier this year.