Do you know where your mom and dad met? What did your mom's wedding dress look like and what size was it? How did your dad propose?
When our parents get older, we are in the midst of our busy careers and raising our families. But let's not forget to include our aging parents in our lives and show them that they are still important to us.
If they are still alert in their minds, you have a wealth of history right at your fingertips and they can't wait to share it with you. Just please remember you will never have the same chance again to learn about your own family history's details.
If your grandparents are still living, make sure to spend as much time with them as possible. When people get old and lose their usefulness, they can tend to become depressed. But if surrounded by family and included in family happenings on a day to day basis, this will enrich their lives and leave them little time for unhappy thoughts.
When I think about all the poor old folks languishing in nursing homes or even in their own homes, it makes me realize I need to seize the day when it comes to my own parents and in-laws.
As their children and grandchildren, you know them best and will be able to tell right away if something has changed with their health or mental attitude - especially if you keep up with them on a regular basis.
On a personal note: This morning my husband called his mother as he does every morning and discovered that she was incoherent on the phone. He had to rush over to her house and call the paramedics. Right now, he is at the hospital with her waiting for results from a CAT scan. She doesn't even recognize him. She has probably had a stroke and we can only pray that we got her to the hospital quickly enough to give her a chance at recovery. It is ironic that I began this article last night before we knew anything about her present state.
Don't be left with regrets in the end. Be proactive now; take the time even if it might be a little inconvenient. Visit your folks or call them weekly, if not daily.