I know someone who it seems, is in the process of dying. How long will it be? That's anyone's guess. Everyone seems to have accepted it, and yet, none of us are prepared for the change it will bring to our family. It is a family that is continuing to get smaller in numbers. There was a time when it was growing. Our elderly were healthy and babies were being born. It was wonderful, and we all felt good about living. Now, there have been no births for 10 years and in that time we have lost several people.
I also know someone who to her core, is a caregiver. A nurturer through and through and to a fault. Do we let her take it all on herself, this entire process of holding the hand of our loved one as he prepares to leave? She would let us. And it would be easy to take advantage of that because we all have busy, middle age lives.
In a perfect world, she would be spending her late years gradually slowing down and enjoying her time worry free. Maybe people would even take care of her for a change. Wouldn't that be something? Too often, what we deserve and what we actually get are separate things.
There is no way to take over her role in this situation, but we can help ease the burden of it. As for my small part in this family, I can offer time, and food and acknowledgment.
I was not thinking about this when I was working on this next image, but it seems to fit the words. Another macro image of the same flower, but a different angle and much closer. I get a sense of motion when I look at this image and also, I find it very calming.
I've shared this with Stephanie's 'Roses of Inspiration'.