She gave up everything to take care of her failing, aging parents.
Her life will be there when she returns, but a one way ticket brought her to her parents' sides.
There's a big family.
Need I say more?
The more I hear, the more grateful I am for my siblings' willingness to let me take the lead when G'ma was here in Tucson. We never argued over decisions or choices. Everyone was clear about what made a livable life for our mother, and they were happy to leave the day to day decisions... and the major decisions.... to me.
They included G'ma and my brother and my sister. We were all on the same page.
Unfortunately, my friend is not as lucky.
She had to stage an intervention.
I offered Big Cuter's sage advice, shared from the couch one Mom's Xmas Tree Decorating Day:
Dad, I think there are two options here:
Help or Compliments.
I don't see viable alternatives.
And I offered this:
Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.
And, I offered this:
Do No Harm
But Take No Shit.
Anybody got anything else?