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I don’t have the answer for myself, but I will try to create a solution. In hind sight, my Papa, Mama and I should have discussed five years and ten years into the future in more detail. It seemed like discussing three years into the future was preparation enough, but it wasn’t. And of course at the time, my Papa was dying and we were barely strong enough to survive the present, let alone plan 10 years in advance. Now, my Mama and I must look into the future and decide what we want to do and this will be challenging because her areas of expertise were not planning, money management and emergency scenario preparedness. I think it is important to realize and acknowledge this is not a one way street. My Mama has had her own challenges and difficulties. It must be difficult to allow her child to do things for her. I know she must have complicated feelings and thoughts about needing me; needing the child she once raised, to do and take care of her responsibilities. She must question how
much she should rely on me, how many decisions she should make on her own and how many she should let me help her make. These questions and concerns will take my Mama and me to a place of discussion that is unfamiliar to us, but while it is about her future, it is also about my future; it is about our future and it is the “our” that we are still coming to understand. To acknowledge and evaluate this future is of the utmost importance.