I had a good chat with a friend about dads growing old. I assume we are all filial sons and daughters. When our dads grow older and older, maybe some will have retired from their careers by now. I wonder how many of us "love our dads" in the way that allows him to continue to be the man that he is.
Dads who are now retired
are dads from a different era. Most of our dads are the strong silent
types, not like many of the younger dads nowadays who will try to be
good friends with their kids.
A man of the house
usually takes the lead in the household. He takes care of the paycheck.
He calls the shots in many areas of the household matters. When they
retire, they may not have access to as much "money as before" - gee, do
you ever wonder why, thats because he has brought you guys up, send you
guys to further your studies, even finance your first car or even your
first home, down payment for this and that. Flying you back from
Now he may be pushing 60
or 70, he may be living primarily off what you kids give him. We
somehow think if we give them a few thousand ringgit a month, we have
done our part. Your dad is still the man he was, faults and all. He used
to call the shots, ask you guys where you like to have dinner, ask you
guys what you want for your birthdays.
Now, he has to take
money from you guys. Funds may not be so "loose". When you guys take him
out to dinner, he doesn't have the "right" to pay for you guys anymore.
Heck, he may even shy away from ordering whatever he likes from the
menu or dictate where he wants to have dinner. He may not even be able
to just take your mum wherever they wish to go for holidays.
In these very many small
ways, he is not "allowed to be the man he used to be". We as children
should empathise with that. If we can afford it, we should give him more
than what he needs to survive. We should allow our father to be the
father he still is.
A person's spirit is the
hardest to please and easiest to break. Love comes in many disguises.
Love is not just money but our attitude as well. Reconsider how we love
our dads. Mine is no longer around. If your dad still is, be thankful,
and be the better son and daughter. Love your dad better.