My boyfriend is about to leave on a trip to help run his parents' estate sale and get their house ready to put on the market. I've tried to be as supportive of him as I can, but it's really hard for me to get a true understanding of the depth of his grief because I haven't had a good relationship with my parents. He says he feels lost, like he's losing his home, too. He says he doesn't want to go back to where his parents live, but there's always been that safety net, sort of, where he knew if his life blew up in his face, he at least had a home to return to. He's in his fifties, and his parents are in their eighties. He's well established, able to take care of himself, hardly close to needing to return to his mom and dad in a pinch. He's someone I care about and the father of my child; I'd be there for him in any way I could if he needed something. Maybe it's just that going back to my parents is the last thing on earth I would resort to doing--I might do it if I had to keep my child warm and safe and that was the only way, but if I was by myself I'd probably sleep under a picnic table in a park first--but the concept seems alien to me. Have any of you felt this way when dealing with older parents? Mine are still healthy and self-sufficient, I shudder to think what they'll need in another ten years. I'd be willing to help them financially if I needed to, but I can hardly imagine interacting with them the way my boyfriend is with his mom and dad; they've always been close.
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