Wednesday, March 3, 2010

It's Our Turn

Henry Ward Beecher once said, "there is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for a child". Very true. I shall forever be grateful to my mother who singlehandedly raised my brother and me and who tried to give us a good life. I was given a Christian upbringing, a good education, I finished two degrees, lead a comfortable life. Not only is she a good mother, she is also a good grandmother to her grandchildren. My mother is now in her mid-80's and we are continents apart. I am thankful that we have a very loyal helper who's been with us for a decade and she is there with my mother.

What we have become, we owe a great deal to our parents. They took care of us and made a lot of sacrifices for our well-being. Now that they are in their advancing age, it is our turn to take care of them.

Filipinos who by nature, have strong family ties, want their elders to live near them. When their parents (or grandparents) are unable to care for themselves, it is expected that children take their elders into their homes and care for them, rather than send them to nursing homes which is the usual practice among Westerners. Some elders who continue to stay in their homes are provided by their family with somebody to look after them and do the cooking and laundry. The simple task of cleaning the house and other household chores are now difficult for them to do so the family either hire a househelp, get the services of a cleaning franchise or help out themselves in doing these chores.

Our elders have sacrificed a lot in raising us. It is now our turn to serve and care for them just as they cared for us when we were young.

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