Chelsea Clinton, Your Elderly Mother Needs Help
On September 11, a truly disturbing video went viral of Hillary Clinton stumbling, being propped up, and losing her shoe as she was dragged into a waiting van—and my heart broke for her. Not for her ambitions to be the first female president, because I will not be voting for her and I believe that just really wanting to be the first female president is not a good enough reason for everyone to let you be the first female president.
But my heart broke for her as a mom and as a daughter. Since at 40, I am now at that point in life where my own parents are getting on in years and have medical problems. I felt bad for Hillary Clinton. I pitied her. And then I got angry.
My parents are in town visiting for a few months and I've begun to notice significant changes in their stamina and overall health. My mother gets out of breath easily and is slowing down. She's about Hillary Clinton's age, give or take a few years. My father is similarly struggling, just having celebrated his 75th birthday. It's rough to see them showing their age and frailty. We had a scare the other night when my father fainted and fell down in my bathroom and the paramedics were called and had to haul him off to the hospital for many tests and rest. We were frantic, and rightly so. When your elderly parent faints and falls, it's cause for alarm.