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Must Read of the Day: "Suddenly, They're All Gone"

This is a piece about love and caring for the elderly. It's beautiful.

Caring for the old is just like parenting an infant, only on really bad acid. It’s all there: the head-spinning exhaustion, the fractured brain, the demands and smells. Only this time with the knowledge that it won’t get better. That was my life for five years. First came my mother-in-law, then my father-in-law, then my childless aunt, then my mother — all needing different kinds of help as they weakened and started going downhill, all the care overlapping, and almost all of the work to be done despite distance. You’re so good, friends would murmur, but I wasn’t — there were plenty of days I muttered, “Can’t do this anymore,” and nights when I threw back too many drinks, feeling how badly I needed for it to be over. Now, though, it is done for real, everyone is dead, and the surprise is that instead of being relieved, I feel worse.
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2 comments:

LarryD said...

That was an incredibly moving, fantastically written piece. Thanks for sharing that.

JM said...

Difficult!


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