“Can you help us?”

The elderly woman spoke in a singsong voice so loud that everyone in the bank turned and stared. She wanted to know if the two ancient keys she’d found in a drawer fit her safe deposit box, which she hadn’t opened in—she couldn’t remember how long. Her daughter (in her 50s, I guessed) tried to shush her. No luck on either the shushing or the keys. “I’ll pay to replace them. I can pay!” the woman shouted.

This recent encounter in our small town made me realize something with crystal clarity: There needs to be a national day honoring grown sons and daughters who now care for their elderly parents. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day speak to a different era of our lives. And boy, this one deserves to be marked, too.

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AuthorJan DeBlieu