I could be wrong, since I never had any children! Based on everything that I experienced over the past two years, I think that this is the closest comparison. I have learned a lot about patience, respect, caring, compassion, love, family, and many other things that are too numerous to mention.
I have guided my mom with eating, go to the bathroom and many other daily activities. I have need to provide step by step directions to basic things that we do every day. It not just telling her to eat, but walking her through every step. i.e. in order to eat something, it could involve 10 steps; one by one to accomplish one bite. Sometimes, it only takes a couple steps of explanation.
Today was the first time that I had to help Mom clean herself after going to the bathroom. Mom does not normally know when it’s time to go to the bathroom, until it is too late. We had to clean-up and change clothes. This was the hardest task that I have had to do for my Mom (so far). I knew that I had to do it and she knew that I needed to help. I’m glad she will not remember it, but I will. I’m sure it will be easier the next time and the next time.
I know that I have to step up and be a man and do what I need to do and help her through this time of need. It’s probably harder on her than it is on me, but she can’t show it and I can’t show it either.