*~*~*Dear daughter... *~*~*

"The day that you see me old,
have patience and above all try to understand me,"
dear daughter...

If, when I talk to you, I repeat the same things thousand and one times !
Do not interrupt me..... listen to me !
When you were a little girl, I had to read to you the same story,
night after night, until you get to sleep.

When I do not want to have a shower,
neither embarass me, nor scold me.
Remember when I had to chase you with a thousand excuses I invented,
in order to get you to bathe, when you were a little girl.

When you see my ignorance on new technologies,
give me the necessary time and not look at me with a mocking face.

I taught you how to do so many things .. to eat properly...
to dress well... to confront life...
"The day you notice I became old,
have patience and above all try to understand me".

If occasionally I lose the memory
or the thread of our conversation...
Let me have the necessary time to remember...
and if I cannot do it, do not become nervous or arrogant,
as the most important thing for me,
is to be with you and to have you, listening to me.

If ever I do not want to eat, do not force me !
I know well when I need to and when I don't.

When my tired legs won't allow me to walk as before ...
...give me your hand the same way I did when you took your first steps,
and when someday, I'll tell you that I do not want to live any more...
that I want to die... do not get angry ...
because one day, you will understand !

Try to understand that at my age, we do not live any more.
We just exist.
Some day, you will discover that despite my mistakes,
I always wanted the best thing for you and that
I tried to prepare the way for you, for when you'll be older.

You must not feel sad, angry or incompetent
for seeing me like this.
You must be next to me, try to understand me and help me.

Help me to walk ... help me to end my life with love and patience.
I will thank you by a smile and by the immense love
I have had always for you.
I love you .... my daughter, !

Your father.

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