The day you find that I have become very old , try to have some patience with me
and try to understand me.
If I get dirty while eating …
If I have some difficulty dressing… be patient! Remember the hours that I spent teaching you these things when you were small.If I repeat the same thing dozens of time, do not interrupt me! Listen to me!
When you were small, you kept asking me to read you the same story, evening after evening, until you fell asleep. And I did it happily !
If I do not wash myself so often under the shower, do not reprimand and do not tell me that it is a shame. Remember how many excuses I had to invent to make you take a bath when you were small.
By seeing my ignorance of new technologies, do not laugh at me but give me time to understand.
I taught you so many things …. to eat well …to dress well… to behave well… how to confront the problems of the life …
If I sometimes lose memory or am not able to follow a conversation, give me the necessary time to recollect and if I do not get there, do not become a nervous and arrogant person because the most important thing for me,… is to be with you and to be able to speak to you.
If I refuse to eat, do not force me !
I know very well when I am hungry and when I am not hungry. .
When my poor legs will not allow me to move as before …
…Help me in the same way as when I held your hands to teach you take your first steps.
And when one day, I shall say to you that I do not want to live any more …
that I want to die, do not get angry … because one day, you will also understand !
Try to understand that at certain age, we do not really live any more. We simply survive!
One day, you will understand that in spite of all my errors, I always wanted what was best for you. You do not have to feel sad, unfortunate or incompetent in front of my old age and of my state. You have to stay near me, try to understand what I live for.
Help me walk, help me to end my life
with love and patience. The only thing that I need from you is a smile and
a lot of love.