I’ll take you in if you take me in

I received this in response to this recent column on helping parents who parents go broke during their golden years: “What would be the opinions of these children if the tables were turned, and they were hoping for their parents to take care of them? I happen to be a divorced senior citizen who still works 40 hours a week primarily because I took in both of my adult daughters when they got divorced and had no place else to go. I help to provide a home and sustenance for my grandchildren as well. I do not begrudge any of them this, but I would hope that if I need a home and sustenance in the future that they would gladly welcome me. Just wondering...”

So, do you think what you’re willing to give should reflect what you’d hope to receive, or is the math not that simple?

— Carolyn Hax

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