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COVID: Be patient with our parents & elders

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By MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA 

As we ger older, our parents and elders become even more old. We must not only be patient with them but we must also take care of them. Our parents gave us life. Our helders helped to raise us up back in #ThemGoodOldDays when a village raised a child.

Generally, most people in my age bracket of 45 to 65 years old have parents who are aging. Many of us also have kids in high school or university. The emotional and financial stress from this can’t be under estimated.

On the other hand, we have our aging parents and elders. So while facing the financial responsibility of our children, we are also facing the one from our parents and elders.

Here, I am speaking from the point of view of people from Africa and some other countries called ‘Developing Countries” / Pays en voie de development.

Covid has blind sided most of us. Our parents and elders face imminent death if they catch Covid. They miss us profoundly. 

Our children face bullshit online learning. Just Zoom it or Google it.

Our patience is on the low side. Our finances are tight. We are sandwiched between 2 generations who need us. We are broke. Unemployed or soon to be unemployed. We face the likelihood of not getting a job given that we are “old”.

Our savings and pensions have gone down with the the world markets. We have short fuses now.

Some of our parents and elders have been diagnosed with cancer or alzeimers (SP) / dimentia. Our kids want to quit school. We are cut off from each other and no longer call each other. This is a horrible year.

Despite all these things, we must take care of our parents and guide our children to the best they can be.

Be nice to your aging parents. Be only a call away for your children.

TOGETHER, WE CAN. We can. 

May God add 30 more years for my mother, my other mother and my Papa Kibeti. MLN

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: September 26, 2020 at 03:19PM

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