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The anguish of having to let your parents go

(Editor’s Note:  This column was written shortly before Chartrand’s father passed away.)

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

I am driving my 80-year-old parents to the airport. They are trying not to act worried.

So am I.

You’ll do fine, I assure them. Airlines do this every day. You’re going to have a great time.

They are flying to Boston to see my brother. The last time mom and dad were on a plane, I think, was during the Nixon administration.

“I need to keep my cane,” mom says from the back seat, for the third or fourth time. “They’ll let me keep my cane on the plane, won’t they?”

Yes, they will, mom. It’ll be fine. You’ll see. Continue reading

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