My father passed away more than a decade ago, but my mother’s health is declining and that point—the one we all prefer not to think about—the day she can no longer care for herself, is approaching with scary speed, much like the headlights of a train or maybe a Mack truck. If you find yourself in a similar place or can catch a glimpse of it on the horizon, this memoir by Roz Chast is a must-read.
In Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Ms. Chast addresses the difficult, heartbreaking and at times overwhelming, topic of caring for aging parents with intelligence, sympathy, and humor. A professional illustrator, Ms. Chast uses her own experiences to provide a road map for the rest of us who are on this journey with a loved one. No matter where we are in our journeys, she has illustrated it in an honest and comic fashion. Ms. Chast’s memoir is a quick read and well worth the time.
This subject requires something a little stronger than wine. If you like scotch, this would be a good time tap into your single blend. If, like me you’re not into scotch, I’d recommend a vodka martini.