Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present – Albert Camus
In an ironic twist, our two eldest children have moved out of home within a week of each other, and our youngest, in his last year of school, recently got his drivers’ licence and is driving himself to and from school.
For a brief shining moment I could almost taste the freedom and the rewards of many hard ( but of course rewarding and enjoyable) years of parenting. Then all of a sudden, in a twist of fate, things changed dramatically for Dear Old Dad, I found myself caring for him – going from popping in once a day to spending many hours most days with him.
Last Friday night, I found myself home alone – with my spouse going to the rugby, my youngest out at a school event, and of course, the two eldest out of home. Instead of dropping a meal down the road to Dad, I thought I would treat him to fish and chips so bought the fish and chips and a couple of drumsticks to eat with him at his home.
It was a nice change for him as he usually eats at home alone, unless he comes to or house for a meal. But we ate early and dinner, including dessert, was all over by 6.30pm
It was, as my spouse texted me, a glimpse into my own future – fish and chips at pensioner hours, and ice cream for dessert, followed by an early night. No Friday night frivolity for me. The future is indeed here!