” If a man makes you walk the first step of your life. Will you help him walk the last step? “
Out of nowhere, my mom popped this question while I was driving her to an appointment she made at a nearby salon. I wasn’t able to thoroughly absorb her query, till I parked the car. I didn’t have time to answer, I just smiled. After mom stepped out, I was left by myself and an empty car. And while waiting for her to get done with her appointment, I just had to find the answer; at the very least some sort of clarity.
My family has been my driving force in life. The most important people, who I draw my strength and motivation. They’re the endless source of love and relief. My parents may never be a perfect couple, but they were the best. Often misunderstood, but most of the time impeccable down to there predictions. Rejoicing in the moment when we’re wrong and say the words ” I told you so…” It may hurt my ego at times, but nothing compares to a sweet embrace I get after a good cry. That’s tough love right there, something only family can give.
I think my mothers words was not intended as a question, but more like reassurance. In a land where it’s customary for grown children to have their aging parents put in nursing or senior institutions; it’s but natural for my mother to seek comfort in a promise that I will care for her when age has taken it’s toll. She’s but one in a million folks, who had this same question in mind.
But with all sincerity, I have no doubts or apprehensions. That if my parents have walked me this far in life, till now. Walking them to there last step is but a small price to pay for a life filled with love, blissfulness and dedication.