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It's a beautifully written (as always) tribute to a love that never falters between your mother and father... in sickness and in health... as well as a clear beacon of light that shows your love for both.

Having been a primary caregiver to my mom during her final year living with terminal brain cancer, I understand the sacrifice that caregiving demands. I do think our North American view point is interesting, because most cultures would not see caregiving of aged family members to be anything outside of the 'norm'.

I'm so glad you've found a way to make it work in your own unique way!

Blessings,
Christina



 Comment Written 27-Feb-2014



reply by the author on 27-Feb-2014
    Christina, I'm not surprised you've lived the caregiver's role, too, as daughters and mothers are probably the most prevalent. As a male, I know I'm a rarity in the "field", but there are three sons and I'm the most able-bodied and available.

    Thank you so much, my friend.
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This is a beautiful tribute to a loving and caring wife and mother. It is so wonderful that God gave her the strength and your father gave her the love to be a caregiver. I believe caregiving is another name for love. They must be proud of your loving sacrifice. Bless you and your family.


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reply by the author on 27-Feb-2014
    Thank you so much, Cajungirl, for your wonderful review and your kind words and insights. David
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Nice photo of your parents that complements your poem very well. Very good you mother looked after your father, while frail herself. You too as you moved in after his stroke and now took over.


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reply by the author on 27-Feb-2014
    Thank you very much, my friend.
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Hi David - I love both your poem and your quote. When you told us you were your dad's carer I just assumed your mum was dead. So happy she is still very much alive and you moved back to help out. You have a good heart to move back to do this. A good poem in perfect iambic P' and I enjoyed your story. Your quote is great - I shall remember it. Regards Dorothy :-} (take note of the :-} )


 Comment Written 27-Feb-2014



reply by the author on 27-Feb-2014
    Nicely done on the smile, Dorothy! And thank you so much. Yes, my Mom is amazing. She actually still walks 2 miles every morning at 4:30 am. She just can't bear his weight. My brother and I alternate nights staying with them, and I take him to work with me during the day, so it's unorthodox, but it works. I can't bear the idea of putting him in a home. I really appreciate your kind words. David

reply by Dorothy Farrell on 27-Feb-2014
    That is so lovely what you and your brother are doing - and you are able to take your dad to work with you, that's great. Is your brother married? To stay in one's home if possible is so much better than going in to a residential place. Your mum must be so proud of you and your brother. Regards D

reply by the author on 27-Feb-2014
    Thank you, Dorothy. We own the business, so it's easier, albeit challenging at times. My brother isn't married, either, though I'm the only one who probably would have were it not for the sacrifice. She wasn't able to understand my dedication to my family...probably because she didn't have a good relationship with hers.

reply by Dorothy Farrell on 27-Feb-2014
    It's her loss David! She should have seen what a caring person you are. You'll meet someone who will. Regards Dorothy x

reply by Dorothy Farrell on 27-Feb-2014
    It's her loss David! She should have seen what a caring person you are. You'll meet someone who will. Regards Dorothy x

reply by Dorothy Farrell on 27-Feb-2014
    It's her loss David! She should have seen what a caring person you are. You'll meet someone who will. Regards Dorothy x

reply by Dorothy Farrell on 27-Feb-2014
    It's her loss David! She should have seen what a caring person you are. You'll meet someone who will. Regards Dorothy x

reply by the author on 27-Feb-2014
    :-)
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She rises pAINfully?without complAINt? 'AIN' internal rhyme
Head haloed by the silver of her hair, 'h' Alliterations
And as she helps her husband from his chair, " "
Her shadow drags just like a burdened saint. A WOW!! line

She wears the mantle?stooped in silhouette? All those s's
Of one DIMINISHED BY HER sacrifice,
Where giving care becomes her sole device
To pay the interest on a crippling debt. Another WOW!! line

I looked after my mom for 8 years until at 92 she passed on with anal cancer/dementia. Bravo to you. Lovely pic. She was my hero too.

Regards:


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reply by the author on 27-Feb-2014
    Bravo to you, as well, my friend, and I believe I may take you up on that suggestion, but I have to decide if I want it to be a past tense diminishing, or an ongoing one. I'll ruminate on that, but thanks so much, my fellow caregiver. I more or less take care of them both now.

reply by the author on 27-Feb-2014
    I took that suggestion, and changed the next line to accommodate it. Thanks, my friend.

reply by STEPHEN A CARTER on 27-Feb-2014
    My pleasure.
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This is so beautiful and filled with emotion. Your mother is indeed a hero for being a caregiver, although it seems she wasn't always feeling well herself. She deserves a lot of credit. Excellent rhyme and flow in this, and the feeling is so genuine. Love the description "like a burdened saint." Wonderful quotation that you have. judi


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reply by the author on 27-Feb-2014
    Thank you so much, Judi. I really appreciate your kind words and great review. Yes, she had her own physical issues, but never complained.

reply by judiverse on 27-Feb-2014
    You're so welcome. A very inspiring poem. judi
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Hello. This is such a beautiful tribute to your mom. It brings out the plight of our elders, having to look after each other, and getting worn out themselves. Good for you going home to take up the care.
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 Comment Written 27-Feb-2014



reply by the author on 27-Feb-2014
    Thanks so much, Pad. It's what we do for those we love.
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