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Another gem from Caroly Hax's column


Thursday, January 02, 2014

On resisting a parent's pressure, on principle, to attend a family vacation:

My 94-year-old father badgered me to go on a cruise with him. I hate cruises, and had many work obligations that week. The idea of being cooped up with my very dependent father for a week really really didn't appeal to me.

But my best friend told me I had to do it, so I did. Once I accepted that the cruise was not for me, but for him, I actually enjoyed our time together. I even used some of it to get him to tell me his life story so I could take notes against the day I might have to write his obituary; it turned out there were many things I didn't know about him.

Two days after we returned to port, quite out of the blue, my father suffered an aneurysm and died. I have never regretted that trip for an instant, and I can't thank my friend enough for urging me to take it.

-- No Regrets
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BAMAJAM 1/2/2014 1:28PM

  What a powerful story here! It is truly a lesson for us. . .

Too, if there are individuals in your life you want to thank, individuals who made a difference in your life--- thank them before it is too late.

I had a beloved aunt who was ever so kind and generous with me all during my childhood. I put my heartfelt gratitude in a letter for her shortly before her death. Her daughter, my cousin, said that my letter meant "the world" to her.

Thank you, and my sympathy to you.

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GARDENCHRIS 1/2/2014 8:04AM

    I've had a similar experience.

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SWEETNEEY 1/2/2014 6:54AM

    nice story

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ATLTRAINR 1/2/2014 5:52AM

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YMWONG22 1/2/2014 1:57AM

  Live life with no regrets.
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IGNITEME101 1/2/2014 12:26AM

    Excellent moving share! Thank you so much.
We never know when the last time will be. It's a great reminder.



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