December 30, 2007

All about families

We went to church early today with my MIL and husband. The first reading was from the Book of Sirach Chapter 3, verses 1-16. Then I received an interesting article from my sister.



TRANSLATION: (courtesy of my sister Lynn)

"LETTER FROM YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER"

"As I grow old, please understand and be patient with me. If because of my failing eyesight, I broke one of your plates or I accidentally spilled soup on your table, I hope you won't scold me. An elderly person is especially sensitive to such things, and I feel sorry for myself when you shout at me.

"If my hearing is weak and I can't understand what you're saying, please don't call me deaf--just repeat what you said or write it down. I'm sorry, I'm really getting old.

"If my knees are weak, I hope you will help me get to my feet, the way I used to help you when you were a baby and still learning how to walk.

"Please be patient with me if I constantly repeat what I'm saying. I hope you could just listen to me, and that you won't laugh at me or get sick of hearing what I have to say. Remember when you were still a child? When you wanted a balloon, you'd tell me over and over again how much you wanted it and you won't stop until you finally got it. I was patient with you the whole time.

"And please forgive the way I smell--like an old person. I hope you won't force me to take a bath. My body is weak and I get sick easily when I'm chilled. Remember when you were a child? I had to chase you and retrieve you from under your bed when you didn't want to take a bath.

"I hope you'll be patient with me when I get cranky. This comes with being old, and someday, you'll understand.

"If you have time, let's just sit and talk. It wears me down, having to stay at home alone all day with no one to talk to. I know you're busy at work, but I just want to tell you that I'm very eager to talk to you, even if you're not interested in my stories. Remember when you were a child? I sat through the stories you made up about your teddy bear.

"When I fall sick and am bedridden, I hope you won't tire of looking after me. Please forgive me if I have any "accidents" in bed, and I hope you will take care of me until my very last moments. After all, I won't be in the world much longer.

"When the time comes for me to go, I hope you'll be there to hold my hand and give me the strength to face death.

"And don't worry. When it's time for me to meet the Creator, I will ask him to bless you, because you were a loving child to your parents."


What interesting timing.

3 comments:

Paige said...

I can't read it-language barrier. I dropped by to wish you a happy safe and healthful new year.

Cez said...

Hi Paige,
I'll try to translate it. If not, I'll ask my sister. Happy new year to you too!

Lynn said...

Translation! :)

As I grow old, please understand and be patient with me. If because of my failing eyesight, I broke one of your plates or I accidentally spilled soup on your table, I hope you won't scold me. An elderly person is especially sensitive to such things, and I feel sorry for myself when you shout at me.

If my hearing is weak and I can't understand what you're saying, please don't call me deaf--just repeat what you said or write it down. I'm sorry, I'm really getting old.

If my knees are weak, I hope you will help me get to my feet, the way I used to help you when you were a baby and still learning how to walk.

Please be patient with me if I constantly repeat what I'm saying. I hope you could just listen to me, and that you won't laugh at me or get sick of hearing what I have to say. Remember when you were still a child? When you wanted a balloon, you'd tell me over and over again how much you wanted it and you won't stop until you finally got it. I was patient with you the whole time.

And please forgive the way I smell--like an old person. I hope you won't force me to take a bath. My body is weak and I get sick easily when I'm chilled. Remember when you were a child? I had to chase you and retrieve you from under your bed when you didn't want to take a bath.

I hope you'll be patient with me when I get cranky. This comes with being old, and someday, you'll understand.

If you have time, let's just sit and talk. It wears me down, having to stay at home alone all day with no one to talk to. I know you're busy at work, but I just want to tell you that I'm very eager to talk to you, even if you're not interested in my stories. Remember when you were a child? I sat through the stories you made up about your teddy bear.

When I fall sick and am bedridden, I hope you won't tire of looking after me. Please forgive me if I have any "accidents" in bed, and I hope you will take care of me until my very last moments. After all, I won't be in the world much longer.

When the time comes for me to go, I hope you'll be there to hold my hand and give me the strength to face death.

And don't worry. When it's time for me to meet the Creator, I will ask him to bless you, because you were a loving child to your parents.