Can you be considered an orphan at forty-six years of age? I always said (still do) that when your second parent passes away you feel like an orphan. Not to diminish the pain that children who lose their parents at a young age must feel, because that is truly horrible, but I can attest to the fact that there is still pain to be felt at forty-six and counting.
My father passed away eleven years ago today and my mother twelve years prior to that. Today I am reminded by the calendar, other days a picture on social media, a commercial on TV, a precious smile from their newest great-grandson, or even something I see that I know one or both of them would love or hate. Yesterday I ran into a friend who is planning an 80th birthday party for her mother. Although I am happy for her and her mom, I could not help but feel a pang of envy and longing I miss them both so much….
I grew up in Cornwall, Ontario a small city not far from Ottawa. Now that my parents and most of their siblings have passed on, and most of my own siblings have moved far away, I feel that my connections or roots are slipping away, especially in the Cornwall area.
If you are lucky enough to have one or both parents alive, give them a hug or a phone call to show you appreciate their presence in your life. Trust me, you will miss them when you no longer have that opportunity!