Do we ever take the time to ponder over the thought that what goes around, comes around? Very often, we undertake certain actions without being completely aware of the impact they have on other people. Luckily, life finds a way to remind us that we should be a bit more considerate.
After the passing of his father, one man decided he couldn’t take care of his mom any longer so he made the decision to take her to a nursing home. She wasn’t happy there and he didn’t visit very often, just occassionally.
One day, he got a call that his mom’s health deteriorated. She didn’t feel at all. In fact, it looked like she was living the last days of her life.
The son was quick to arrive to the nursing home. He went straight to his mother’s room and asked her if there was something he could do for her.
The mother looked straight into his eyes and said that she had few requests. Hearing that, he said he was more than willing to make her final wish come true.
The mom then explained that she wanted the fans changed because they didn’t work properly and she used to suffocate at times. “If you could change the refrigerator too… There were days when I fell asleep hungry because the food had expired…,” she added.
The son was surprised. He thought that his mother wasn’t aware that she was dying. He then asked her why she didn’t tell him all about that before. Now it was too late.
The mother then looked in his eyes and said, “I know I will die, but I think of you when your children won’t want you next to them either… And they will bring you here…Then, you will find better conditions… What you offer is what you get… Don’t forget that.”
These words broke the son’s heart into a million pieces. He knew he made a mistake when he left his mother at the nursing home against her will.
We should never forget that it is our responsibility to make sure our parents spend their golden years in a way that makes them happy.
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