For Catalina, my children’s 95 year old great grandmother.
When I am Old
When I am old and not my original self,
Please be understanding and be patient with me.
When I spill the soup on my own clothes,
And forget how to tie my shoelaces,
Please think about how I had taught you, step by step, to tie your shoelaces.
When you are tired of the words, which I am repeating,
Please listen patiently and don’t interrupt me.
When you were young, I had to repeat the same story again and again until you fell asleep.
When I need you to shower me,
Please don’t blame me.
Do you remember how I had to coax you to take your shower?
When I am helpless with new technology and things,
Please don’t make fun of me.
Think about how I patiently answered every ‘Why’ you had.
When both my legs are too tired to walk,
Please stretch out your strong hand to support me.
Just as I stretched out my hand to you, when you were learning to walk.
When the topic of our conversation slip my mind,
Please give me a little time to recall.
Actually, whatever the topic of our conversation is of no importance.
I will be contented, as long as you are listening to me by my side.
When my time has come, please don’t be sad.
Understand me, support me,
Just as how I treated you, when you were starting to learn about living.
I had guided you on your life journey back then,
Now please stays with me until my journey ends.
Shower me with your love and patience, I will smile with gratitude;
The smile of unconditional love for you.
Translated by Bk
We love you. – Maite
Maite, this is so lovely. Thank you for sharing.
Maite this was so touching. My dad is 90 and although in relatively good health I do have to help him a lot and sometimes get impatient. Now I’ll think of this poem and your lovely photos instead. Thank you.
I say some version of this prayer/poem most every day. Photographs like these help us to re-frame growing old and appreciate this time of life for all its wonder and beauty, whilst still allowing for frustration and impatience. All in all, a truthful view of humanity.
Simply beautiful Maite. Photos. Words. Sentiments. I love this, xo
Maite, this poem is so lovely and a beautiful reminder to be patient. You echo what I often say to my children when they grow frustrated with their grandmother. I will have to share it with them.
Just beautiful. x
beautiful words and photos. xo
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