“Parents do expect that their children will take care of them when they get older, Pamela. The truth is, many children don’t.” That is what a social worker friend said to me in 1988 when I talked to her about my plan.
I was living in Dallas, Texas, did not have children and wasn’t going to. My plan was to gather others who did not have children, form a group and get to know one another so we could rely on each other as we aged.
The above response from my friend floored me. I said, “Huh? That can’t be right. Who doesn’t take care of their parents?” Your self-sufficiency is the biggest gift you can give to yourself and others.