COMMENTARY: Giving up the family home

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My parents have taken that big step and moved from the family home into a retirement residence.

Although my sisters and I remember it as the house we grew up in, it’s been decades since we lived there. My parents have been for over 50 years.

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So it was no wonder they held out as long as they could until the responsibility was simply too much.

The place they are now in is great: the residents and staff are everything you could hope for your aging parent.

But as I sat across from my dad at dinner I could see in his eyes he was looking backwards.

As much as he liked where he was, he missed his house, or the perhaps time in his life it represented.

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It was as if he was trying to tell me something, but couldn’t.

It made me appreciate life and how in our fast-paced world you should never wish away time.

There is no better time than the present.

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It’s not about being young or old, a kid or an adult, but a journey where each stage is a learning experience that leads to a lifetime of growth.

The situation and time may be different but the feelings of change can be very similar.

One thing that is consistent, those who embrace change, will have a lifetime of learning.

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