I want to say that I have the BEST parents in the world. My mama is 87. She is in pretty good health. Just can't remember things. There are some issues that we are dealing with.
Daddy has given up his life and ministry to devote himself to taking care of her. It is a 24/7 job and can be thankless. It is taking it's toll on him and he needs relief.
The hard part for me is that I'm half way across the country from them. Thankfully, my sister and brother live fairly close and go frequently to help. Also my nephew has been such a wonderful blessing to them and helps greatly.
They are not burdens. They are blessings. It is such a privilege to have them around. The example of love and sacrifice they are is humbling. Mama, even in her mental state is sweet and loving. Even if she does not have a clue who you are, she will tell you she loves you and ask you to come back soon and tell you that she misses you.
Daddy cares for her so gently and meticulously ... he is very careful to make sure she gets the medications as she needs them. He cares for her in ways that I'm sure he never imagined as a young man. Yet, he does the unthinkable and unmentionable with love and care.
I am blessed beyond measure with my parents. I am so thankful for them. What a heritage and Godly examples I have!