We’ve all heard about the ‘generation gap’ that exists between parents and their children. As teenagers and young adults, we most probably went through a bit of a rebellious stage whereby we disagreed over nearly everything our parents had to say.
I think as I grow older, I have learnt to appreciate them a bit more. I’m aware of the sacrifices they have made for me and the unconditional love that they’ve showered on me throughout my lifetime. It isn’t easy for me to express my love for them as I’m not one for blatant displays of emotion. There are times when I wish I was more affectionate towards them.
I suppose there will always be disagreements between children and parents. Every generation has its unique set of challenges and ways of living life. However, at the end of the day, I truly believe that whatever grievances we have with our parents need to be set aside and our relationship with them restored. They have done the best they can for us with whatever limited resources that they have.
Will I ever be able to repay my parents back for all that they’ve done for me? Probably not. No amount of money, gifts or material goods can ever come close to repaying them for bringing me up and for shaping me to become who I am today. For seeing to all my physical, emotional, spiritual and mental needs. For caring for me when I’m unwell. For putting me through university. For being there on the other end of the phone or computer screen to listen to me pour out my worries to them and for giving me the moral support that I need. I can only hope to spend as much quality time as I possibly can with them as they ease into their golden age years and to make them proud of the person that I’ve grown up to be.
To two of the most wonderful people in the world that I proudly call Mummy and Daddy, thank you for being you and for loving me the way you do.