By Simone de Beauvoir
Translated by way of Patrick O'Brian
A really easy loss of life has lengthy been certainly one of Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpieces. The profoundly relocating, daily recounting of her mother’s loss of life “shows the facility of compassion whilst it really is allied with acute intelligence” (The Sunday Telegraph).
Powerful, touching, and infrequently surprising, this can be an end-of-life account that no reader is probably going to fail to remember.
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This intergenerational care model is not the only way that the young and old are converging in the United States. All over this country, grandparents are raising their children’s children. 5 million ten years ago. The tough economy, incarceration, unplanned pregnancies, social services intervention, military deployment, mental illness, and many other factors contribute to this phenomenon. It is definitely necessary in some instances, but it is a tough assignment It Runs In the FamIly ▪ 41 to be one-on-one with a toddler in your fifties, sixties, or seventies.
Lots of classic family moments were marked by the absence of one of them. Mom did get out of jail in time to give me a home perm for my eighth grade graduation (an oddly fancy and momentous affair). But Dad was in jail for Kate’s high school graduation, Jerry’s college graduation, and my college graduation. He died before Kate graduated from college. I now have a sense of how difficult it was for Mom and Dad to be away from us, but I wasn’t really aware of their struggles as a little kid (which is probably a good thing) because our community worked hard to take care of us.
We did spend long stretches of time—years in some cases—without one of our parents. Lots of classic family moments were marked by the absence of one of them. Mom did get out of jail in time to give me a home perm for my eighth grade graduation (an oddly fancy and momentous affair). But Dad was in jail for Kate’s high school graduation, Jerry’s college graduation, and my college graduation. He died before Kate graduated from college. I now have a sense of how difficult it was for Mom and Dad to be away from us, but I wasn’t really aware of their struggles as a little kid (which is probably a good thing) because our community worked hard to take care of us.
A Very Easy Death by Simone de Beauvoir