This is my office window in an old folks' centre.
Some vintage coke frames bought 20 years ago...
This frame is from my brother. It reads...When I Turn Old
When i turn old, when i am not the original me,
Please understand me and have patience with me.
When i drip gravy all over my clothes, when i forget to tie my shoelaces,
Please remember how i taught you what to do, and how to do many things by hand.
When i repeatly tell you things that you're tired of hearing,
Please be patient and listen to me. Please do not interrupt me. When you were young, i told you the same story over and over again until you were sound asleep.
When i need you to help me bathe,
Please do not scold me. Do you still remember how when you were small i had to coax you to take a bath?
When i do not understand new technology,
Plesae do not laugh at me or mock me. Please think how i used to be so patient with you to answer your every "why".
When my two legs are tired and i cannot walk anymore,
Please stretch out your powerful hands to lend me a hand, just like when you were a baby learning to walk i held both your hands.
When i suddenly forget what subject we are discussing,
Please give me a little time to recollect. Actually, it does not matter what we are talking about; as long as you are by my side, i am so contended and happy already.
When you see the old me, please do not be sad.
Please understand me and support me, just like how i was with you when you were young and were just learning to face life. At the beginning, i guided you to the path of life. Now i ask you to keep me company to finish this last leg of my life. Give me your love and patience, i will give you a grateful smile, and crystallized in this smile is my endless love for you.
This poem is originated from the November 2004 issue of Digital Family of Mexico.