On the day when you see
us old, weak and weary…
Have patience and
try to understand us…

If we get dirty when
If we cannot dress up
on our own…
Please bear with us and remember the times
we spent feeding and
dressing you up.

When we do not want to eat, do not force us.
We know well when to
and when not to.

When our tired legs give
way and do not allow us to
walk without a cane…
Lend us your hand…
the same way we did when
you first tried
your faltering steps.

When we speak to you,
we repeat the same things
over and over again...
Please do not interrupt us… Listen to us…
When you were small, we
had to read to you
thousand and one times
the same story until
you went to sleep.

When we do not want
to have a shower, neither shame or scold us…
Remember when we had to chase you with your
thousand excuses to get
you to the shower…

When you see our ignorance on new technologies…
Help us navigate our way through those worldwide webs.

We taught you how to do
so many things…
To eat the right foods,
To dress appropriately,
To fight for your rights…

When at some moments
we lose the memory
or the thread of our conversation…
Let us have the necessary time to remember…
and if we cannot,
do not become nervous…
the most important thing
is not our conversation but surely to be with you and have you listening to us…
And when someday we say
to you
that we do not want to live anymore…
that we want to die…
Do not get angry… some day you will understand…
Try to understand our age is not lived but survived.

Some day you will realize that, despite our mistakes, we always wanted the best thing for you and we tried to prepare the way for u…

You must not feel sad,
angry nor ashamed for
seeing us near you.
Instead, try to understand us and help us like we did when you were young.

Help us to walk
Help us to end our way with love and dignity.
We will pay you by a smile
and by the immense love we have always had for u...
in our heart.

We love you child,
Mom & Dad