My husband and I always had complete kavod and derech eretz for our parents and took care of them. That was a given in those days.
Some young adults in today’s generation, sadly and unfortunately, feel that it is an option to distance themselves from their parents and families. They feel that if something upset or angered them in their childhood they have the right to fully separate from their families.
This means that their children will never get to see their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. It also means that only one set of grandparents will be able to shep nachas from these grandchildren.
There are books written about this topic, but I felt compelled during this chag of nisim v’niflaot to express the fact that these adult children will have to answer to Hashem about their decision one day: not their therapists or spouses or friends. They will have to answer to Hashem.
Parents enjoy and bond with the children who are close to them and get such nachat from the grandchildren who are a part of their lives. They only want the chance to be close to all of their children and grandchildren.
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