Parental love

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - Your letters -

Thank you to Mar­ian Keyes for open­ing her heart to us in “Me and my Dad” in the Jan­uary is­sue. As I write this I have tears stream­ing down my face. My dad doesn’t have Alzheimer’s, but he has just been through can­cer treat­ment and in re­cent years has had some fright­en­ing med­i­cal scares. I lost my mum last year, but had the op­por­tu­nity to be with her in the months be­fore she died. It was a heart­break­ing time, but our re­la­tion­ship went from strength to strength (and there had been a pe­riod when it wasn’t great). I have learned to value the re­la­tion­ship we can build with our par­ents as we all get older and more for­giv­ing. I have just spent a week with Dad, which is the most time we have spent to­gether in many years, and it was de­light­ful. Our par­ents have given us so much, that to give them our own time and un­con­di­tional love in the lat­ter part of their lives is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant. Let’s not have any re­grets. VICKI SQUAIR

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