As a teenager Tim couldn’t wait to get away from his parents, but now, at age 50, he visits them regularly at their home in Connecticut. It feels far away from Manhattan, where for the past 25 years Tim has lived as an openly gay man. But the home front beckons: his father has advanced Parkinson’s disease, and his mother can barely keep up as Dad’s sole caregiver. In this episode Tim tells us how his mother was finally persuaded to get outside help, he reflects on his changing views of his parents, and he tells us what it’s like to be doing chores around the house that he hasn’t done since he was a kid.

Music: “History Explains Itself” by The Losers | CC BY NC | Free Music Archive