What happens when the parents become the children?
Nothing can prepare you for it. Suddenly you turn around and the people who cared and nurtured you through your childhood into adulthood have almost become childlike. What happened? Where did the time go?
Isn't it just too doggone bad that youth is wasted on the young? This is a dance that has gone on forever. It's just the natural order of things. The main difference is that in our modern world we are all living longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Sooner or later, however, the time comes when the parents who directed you for so many years, are asking you for direction. The request may be subtle but it is inevitable.
The only difference is the dance begins a bit later in life than it used to. You may find yourself riding in the car with your Mom or Dad and find you are clutching the arm supports with white knuckles.
What are you going to do? That man with the staid, firm spine that took you through your paces when you were learning to drive now resembles a rampaging bull bent over the steering wheel, cutting in and out of traffic and cursing every other driver on the road!
It's a very shocking and rude awakening when you first realize that your parents are vulnerable. Sometimes that realization doesn't arrive until one of your parents is gone and you are left to deal with the remaining parent.
This is sometimes boldly underlined when your parent becomes ill.