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Photo of Larry as a young boy with his mother
taken in Japan.

Us baby boomers have reached that age where our parents are either gone or sinking into their debilitating older years. It's hard witnessing the aging process when it comes to our own parents. Body parts failing, the mind weakening. Each month, my mom's memory fades back another degree, as Alzheimer's takes its toll.

I miss traveling with mom -- I went all over Paris with her as child, all over Europe and Africa. We would sit together and reminisce about those trips. But now there's a tenderness to old age, too. We sit sweetly and quietly together, holding hands as we never did in previous years, smiling at the simplest things, such as the shape of a strawberry.

Contributor Larry Massett took this trip last summer with mom, who's doing great -- no major problems, even though she's approaching 90. Larry's story brings up what so many of us can relate to -- there is loss with the advanced age of parent -- but a child and an elderly parent can gain something they never had, too.

Travels with Mom

By Larry Massett, 5/10/2002 (Originally aired 8/17/2001)

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