“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” – Oscar Wilde
Becoming an orphan (at 57 years of age) has left me feeling strangely liberated, without parents to feel in any way accountable, to share my failures or achievements with or to look to for approval. I’m now seeing the world in a different light.
If you have lost or become estranged from your parents, what, if any, changes took place in your psyche and how you view the world?
My father died 16 years ago, and my mum 14 years ago.
Dad had been my best friend most of my life. We worked together in the business we built together for over 20 years.
Even after I left home, I bought the house next door.
After Dad died, mum decided she would stay with my sister Pauline, and Ailsa and I moved to Kaikoura.
I was disappointed that technology for life extension did not develop in time to give them the longevity they both desired.