I frequently give my parents my electronics when I upgrade to a new model. Last weekend, I gave my mom a first generation iPad. It won’t do everything the newer, cooler iPad Air I just got will do. But for my mom, it’s cool and new.
Every time I give her something new, there’s a learning curve for her. I really enjoy helping her learn a new device and even though it can be frustrating at times, she is always incredibly grateful…for the new technology and my patience.
I find a sense of accomplishment when I can help one of my parents with something. They’ve spent a great deal of their lives helping and teaching me new things. When the roles start to reverse, it’s magical. It’s a way to give back to the two people in this world that have done more for me than anyone else.
But, I can’t help seeing the other side of this…
While I enjoy helping my parents, it often makes me think about who would help me when I’m their age. I never had kids. I didn’t plan it this way, but life usually hasn’t work out the way I planned. Luckily my sister has three boys I’m close with. I hope they will keep me in mind as they progress into adulthood.
Do you enjoy helping your parents?