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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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    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.
    1602 days ago
    I've had a similar experience.
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    nice story
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    Live life with no regrets.
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    Excellent moving share! Thank you so much.
    We never know when the last time will be. It's a great reminder.

    1602 days ago
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