Don't Forget!

The Holidays are right around the corner and we'll soon be busier than ever getting ready. In the midst of all that preparing don't forget about that elderly loved one - your mom or dad who may now be alone, or that neighbor who recently lost their spouse.

The holidays can exacerbate feelings of loneliness, isolation and loss. I was reminded of this as I talked to my Mom just the other day sharing plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

She will join my family for Thanksgiving but didn't share my enthusiasm. For mom, it's a bittersweet time of the year with memories of my dad who passed away five years ago and the holidays we shared as a family.

Her tears were hard to take but I acknowledged her feelings. Her emotions aren't wrong. We talked some more until we both shared a laugh about a favorite memory. It helped her prepare for the upcoming season and ease her anxieties.

I'm grateful for a lot of things in life, especially for the parents who took time to teach me to care - to feel compassion and empathy for others. I will never forget!

About the Author...
Pat Persaud
Pat Persaud received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Morningside College, in Sioux City, Iowa, and majored in English, with an emphasis on British Literature.
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