This book brings both joy to the heart and tears to the eyes. Anyone unfamiliar with nursing homes and dying parents soon becomes aware of the sadness and helplessness attached to modern aging. People now live longer and sometimes suffer lingering deaths as a result. Not only is this hard on the elderly, it is also tough on their children. The grown children have to see the suffering and try to deal with the problems that are a part of nursing home care. They feel guilt at not being able to care for their elderly parents themselves. The addition of the new helpless kitten made this a wonderful book because the reader laughs at the antics of the little animal. He, too, is helpless, but he is also hopeful for his future as a grown cat. This book seems to be about life and death as well as a writer's journey into the reversal of roles in taking care of her mother.
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