A Few Things to Ponder Re: This Topic
I believe that my/our generation has lost a very important element of social fabric. I say fabric as there is a weave involved in fabric, the tighter the weave, the stronger the fabric. I believe we have lost stength in our weave. Across our nation we have families so busy working to get ahead and improve our standard of living that it leaves little time to keep our parents. Many treat their pets better than their parents.
About me. My mother died of cancer when I was 7 yrs. old and my stepmother died of complications caused by sugar diabetes when I was 25. My father died of a heart attack when I was 40. He was very independant firmly rooted in his own home, city etc. and at 73 and was still working when he died. Prior to that when he was having some medical problems, my sister and I both invited him to come live with us but he would not, nor did he want any financial help. So I'll never know how it might have been if he would have accepted our love in that way.
Another comment is that I had the opportunity to work in Japan in 1987 and 1988. A month there, a month back in the states, back and forth. So I was able to see much of their way of life and one way was for multiple generations to all live in the same home all caring for one another untill death. This was beautifull and we see some of that in here in the states. I believe the Hispanic culture is much the same. So I think you know what my beliefs are. Yes untill death do us part, in sickness, and in health, for richer or poorer, in good time and in tough times, etc.
I think parents do more for their children than children do for their parents as they let their children continue living at home well into maybe even middle age. Loving and continuing to give, give, give.
Well, enough .... I hope this commentary is not to long.