Recently my elderly father said that I should retire so that I would have more time to help them go places [my parents are independent in their own home but no longer drive]. Back when my parents could drive, they were out of the house twice a day going here and there. Now they expect me to do the same.
I love my career and the thought of giving it up to be a "driver" upsets me greatly.
#1, if I do leave my job, and say 2 or 3 years later my parents have passed on [they are in their mid-90's], it would be extremely difficult for me to be re-employed because I am a senior myself.
#2, I hate driving, especially having to use their vehicle which makes me feel like I am driving a large dining room table down the road. My stomach gets in knots when I get behind the wheel.
#3, guess Dad assumes that since I am a woman that I like shopping..... NOT.
The next time my Dad asks me to retire, I wish I could say to him "did you quit your job to care for your parents?"..... but I feel that would be rude, and I know his answer would be "no".
And no, other driver wouldn't work because my Mom wouldn't get in a car with a stranger. No other relatives to help as I am an only child, and have no children. My significant other will help when he can but he's career driven also. My Dad uses a computer, I've suggested he shop on-line, but he doesn't like the idea of paying for shipping.