Ask Amy: Exhausted caregiver deserves some respite
Dear Amy: I hesitate to admit this, but I'm tired of hanging out with my elderly parents.
I live an hour from them, while my two sisters live five states away.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, I've driven my parents to the family's two-week beach vacation (and stayed with them), flown with them to a wedding (and stayed with them), and celebrated their anniversary on a week-long trip (and stayed with them).
There are also weekly dinners, shopping trips, and birthday parties.
Now we're staring down the barrel of Christmas and a spring wedding, and I'll again be responsible for getting my parents there – and staying with them.
At 86, my mother is extremely anxious for months before an event. I understand, but it's exhausting.
Since every event might be "the last," I go along to get along, already mourning the times she won't be present.
As a sensitive person, I deeply feel this sadness.
This Christmas, I'd like a break from the tradition of traveling to my sisters' state.
I would like to put my parents on a plane and head with my husband to an art show far away.