When you are in the elder care industry, you tend to have a very serious and “politically correct” perspective on the issues of aging. Frankly, we always will, at Support For Home In-Home Care. The issues we face and that our moms, dads, aunts and uncles, grandparents and friends face, as they age themselves or concerning their loved ones, are real.
The aging experience certainly contains its share of drama, even tragedy. Sometimes we forget, however, that it is also material for a great deal of loving humor. My wife and co-owner of Support For Home and I were reminded of that the other night, when we attended a hilarious one man show by Steve Solomon, called, “Cannoli, Latkes & Guilt, The Therapy Continues…“. Steve’s father was a Russian Jewish immigrant and his mother was from Sicily. This show, which is a sequel to “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!“, deals with Steve’s folks, in their 80s, moving to a senior community in Florida. Steve is helping to sell their house, pack some of their things and take off to visit them.
The humor is raunchy at times and thoroughly non-PC – and so full of love and understanding that the audience comes away having not just laughed their heads off but having been educated and reeducated on the issues of aging and of sandwich generation “children” in a way that no academic lecture could ever accomplish.
Will we always insist on complete respect for the seniors that we serve? You better believe it. But are we reminded of the richness of the tapestry of the “human comedy” in a way that will make us smile many, many times in the future? Count on it.
If you have the opportunity to see Steve Solomon’s work, take it. If you have in the past, let us know what you think.
Best wishes. Bert