I'm sure many of you, like myself would not think the 'unthinkable' would happen in that you would need to counsel a parent. My mother (a counsellor!) encountered a pretty rough situation in her workplace and needed a bit of help. It was in face, a little heartbreaking what had happened as Mum never loses it in a professional sense but a situation arose that ready tested her and in a very personal way. So, me having been in many professional stoushes in her life; got to give her the wisdom of dealing with bureaucracy and to how to stand your ground when something deeply personal enters your working sphere.
If you'd asked me ten years ago if we'd ever be in this position I would say hell no, my mother and I have had, at best; a strained relationship since my rebellious teens. I actually have my condition to thank for bringing me back into the family bosom and repairing that relationship. So, in this instance, I could see with adult eyes someone too who had suffered and could only work with the tools she been given through her own childhood and life experiences.
I find it interesting how, at a certain age; you look at the circle of life where your parents birth you then later you become the one that holds their hand when they leave this mortal coil. I don't feel it is morbid to think of it in these terms as there is a certain beauty in honouring the cycle of life however, it is with a touch of sadness that I won't bring some other life into this ether to have the same experience. Not all is lost however as in this instance, I got to be a parent to my parent for a moment and truly believe this moment bought about a wonderful circle of its own of in guidance and love.
Have you been the parent to your parent? I'd love your sharesies over here.
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