Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Two contrasting experiences

1) the parents, married 60 years, who are about to bury their second and last child, and are left with no grandchildren or other family. He died after a long struggle with cancer, so they had time to prepare for their grief. But it hurts, all kinds of hurt. Parents should not be burying their children.

2) the newlyweds, both over the age of 60, who got married tonight in what they called a "levi's wedding" although none of the wedding party were actually wearing denim. They clearly are not about to be parents, so the premarital counseling session I sat in on skipped over parenting issues -- but in an interesting turn of events, they are seriously thinking about taking in their elderly parents. They may end up parenting their parents.

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