I really love my parents.

They have put up with my sister's and my nonsense for decades but still love and care so much for us.

I have been wondering lately if I have let my life fill up with so many activities and commitments that I haven't spent enough time with them.

I was at a session recently where a senior man was asked the oft heard question:
If you could live your life again, what would you have done differently?

He thought long and hard and replied: I would have spent more time with my parents.

Looks like I'll have to reorganise my life a bit and to fill my glass with the big rocks first before the little ones get in the way.

Could you share with me some things you do for your parents?


Little Miss Snooze said...

After marriage, we designate sundays for tehpeng's family dinner and one wkday night for my family.

After having baby...admittedly it brings us closer to our parents. We have dinner at their place at least 2-3 times a week.

Nothing like meals (and babies! Haha) to bond a family more.

Anonymous said...

I agree. I have been very nonsensical in my life of 28 years. And I'm not sure if its improving ;)

I find it hard to find stuff to do with them at a time that suits them though... so need ideas too.

Anonymous said...

My dad has passed on.
With my mom when she's in town, we spend time going for beauty treatment and brought her for movie once. She's good in baking so we share recipes and tried them out (not often). Other than that is bring her out for her fave food and a spot of shopping.

If my dad were around, most likely we'd be heading to museums and do some sight-seeing and eating :)

Anonymous said...

My parents are straight-forward.

We HAVE to go home for a family meal at least once a week. Haha... But at the end of the day, that's a good thing for all of us.

When I was younger, I think my parents felt loved (or at least happier) when I bother to do the things they ask such as clean up room, do housework etc. But as I got older, I realised they just want you to spend time with them. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter so much as what was done, but rather the time spent with them.

mummybean said...

we drop by DD's mum's place more once a week to have a meal, but with my parents it is less often since my parnets have way too many activities of their own! but because my mum just loves chatting, i give her a ring on at least one week night a week to just yak, and it's been fun! never thought i'd be having long conversations with my mum on the phone. i also rope my parents (particularly my mum) on some of my after work shopping trips. that way i shop/run my errands and spend time with them at the same time.

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Thanks everyone for sharing!

I too agree that simple things like meals and conversations are great ways to bond. Time and companionship is so important, and we really should give these 2 gifts as often as we can.