My friend (we'll call her Sarah) has been caring for her birth mother, who suffers from severe mental illness, for many years. Terribly abused and neglected, Sarah and her brother were taken from their birth mother when they were toddlers after the courts ruled that their mother was an unfit parent. Sarah and her brother lived in foster homes until they were in their teens. A loving family adopted them after all attempts to reunite the children with their birth mother failed.
Now Sarah cares for her desparately ill birth mother. Having every reason to reject and even despise her birth mother, Sarah instead chooses to honor her. Sarah is one of the most serene, cheerful persons I know. She has found the secret to happiness and inner peace: love.
© Carol Brown