WW: Filial Piety (Father and Son)

WW: Filial Piety (Father and Son)

Follow the journey of a young boy of a three-generation household, as he sees first hand the importance of respecting, honouring, and loving his parents, through the best and the worst of times. What truly captured my heart is the line, “How one generation loves, the next generation learns.” There couldn’t be more true to that line; I learn respect, unconditional love and acceptance from watching how my parents treat their parents.

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My grandmother taught me a valuable lesson in Patience, Unconditional Love and Acceptance recently. She was admitted in the hospital for more than two weeks. For the two weeks, we took turns to take care of her during the day so that the caregiver could take a rest at home and be back in the evening to take care of her through the night.

Initially for the first 3 nights she was very restless and hallucinating; seeing things and people around her and making noises. There was really nothing much we could do, except to try to calm her down in different ways.

Fortunately she got much better and her mind much clearer after the third day; she could recognise us. However, she was still eating very little and getting weaker. We tried buying her some of her favorite food and cooking what she requested but she was still not eating. The doctor was telling us if she continued to refuse to eat, they would have to feed her by inserting a tube through her nostril down the throat and into her stomach. We were all at a lost and didn’t know what to do except to hope that she would start eating.

Then miraculously she started eating more and more. Soon she regained her strength back. My grandmother is a very strong-willed lady who always want to win. Thus the first thing when she got back her strength, she wanted to go home; the hospital couldn’t discharge her as they were monitoring her blood sugar level (which has been high) as well as her hemoglobin (which has been low). We had to try all ways to pacify her to stay in hospital.

The good news is, she was discharged from the hospital yesterday.

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28 thoughts on “WW: Filial Piety (Father and Son)

  1. Icy BC

    I’m glad that your grandma feels better and gets to go home. It’s challenging at time when strong-willed mind refuse to do what was told..but that’s what make her stronger too.
    .-= Icy BC´s last blog ..Mushrooms In My Yard-1 =-.

  2. SheR

    Hey glad to hear that your grandma is well again.

    Mine is deteriorating by the day. Now she couldn’t recognise any of us. She had to depend on someone for everything now. It breaks our hearts just to see her when she used to be such a strong woman.

    Well, still like you said, my mother, aunts and uncles will do anything for her just to keep her going. Unconditional love is what I learnt from my mother. So the video struck a chord with me.
    .-= SheR´s last blog ..Hey Lemon! =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Fickle, have a beautiful day too!

      @ Life Ramblings, thank you. I am just as glad that she is getting better and stronger.

      @ Caite, it is touching video indeed.

      @ Carver, thank you.

      @ Alicia, we surely shouldn’t take like for granted.

      @ One of the Guys, yes, I learned a few things about her and one of them is her strong-willed.

      @ Sher, thank you. Sorry to hear about your grandma. I know how you feel; as I was watching my grandma when she was in the hospital, it broke my heart too and sometimes I felt so helpless. It is important for the family to be supportive and I am glad that your mother, aunts and uncles are all showing her the unconditional love she has once shown them. I wish her well.

  3. Hilary

    Hi BK .. glad to hear your grandmother is home – a special time for you all .. especially the days ahead. Nursing my mother – or being with her at her bedside in a Nursing Centre for 3 years – has been an enlightening time .. give her love, give her care, and your time .. and she will flourish for as long as she is able.

    My thoughts and love are with you .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Nature in Balance … and the Dark-Bellied Dew Lover! =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Pam, I am just as glad that she is better too.

      @ Hilary, you are most certainly right; it has been an enlightening time as I remembered how she had showered us, the grandchildren, with so much love and concern. This I believe we could never repay her in full. Just as we could never fully repaid the love and care that our parents showered us. My thoughts and love to you and your mother too.

  4. Dora

    Do people nowadays need to be taught about filial piety via TV? Shouldn’t it be the role of parents or teachers? So disappointed!
    .-= Dora´s last blog ..It Meows #81 =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Dora, yes, it can be quite sad that we need a video to be taught about filial piety. However, I see it as a gentle reminder for us to love and respect our elders. It is also a reminder of how our young ones are looking and learning from our thoughts, words and deeds.

      @ Mark, thank you. Love to you and yours too.

  5. meleah rebeccah

    Oh My goodness. I am so HAPPY to hear that your grandmother is doing so much better and that she was released from the hospital. But, I am still going to say a little prayer for her and your family. xoxoxo
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..People Watching =-.

  6. jacqueline

    Dearest BK, i truely love your message here today of Patience, Unconditional Love and Acceptance! So sorry to hear about your sweet grandmother but i am so gald and happy she is feeling much better and was discharged from the hospital! Grandmothers are just so sweet…ain’t they? I remember how much joy my grandmother used to bring me when she was still alive. Truely precious memories. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!
    .-= jacqueline´s last blog ..Handmade with love =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Meleah, thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness.

      @ Jacqueline, indeed, grandmother has really showered the grandchildren with so much love and care. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you and yours too.

  7. Jannie Funster

    What a blessing to have such a grandmother.

    And as to generations, I do so very very very much believe that the love I give my child will reverberate out to the whole universe. Let’s make LOVE the main thing!!

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Even More Bigger =-.