By: Diana Y. Paul
Life can be hard. It can deal us blows that we never saw coming. Sometimes it feels like the blows just keep coming, like waves on a beach, knocking you back down just as you stumble to your feet. At this point we can feel almost like giving up, like we will never get back onto our feet. Things Unsaid by Diana Y. Paul is a raw and candid look into the life of one family dealing with blow after blow. Struggling to be there for their aging parents makes being there for their own families difficult. Jules, and her two siblings Joanna and Andrew each face the choice of who comes first. Jules feels the Buddhist familial obligation to her parent while her younger two siblings choose to look after their own children and families. Paul delivers a beautiful portrait of life, familial obligations and just how far you will go to try to do it all – and the risks that you take in doing so.
At the center of this life is daughter and mother Jules, with a daughter of her own and a husband on the verge of throwing in the towel. Trying to care for her aging and financially tapped out parents while being there for her husband and child is wearing Jules thin. With no help from her siblings who are dealing with their own trails, eventually everything begins to slip through her fingers. Every time Jules bails her parents out pushes her husband and daughter one step further out the door. Eventually they can no longer take it and set off on a road trip, until Jules can get everything taken care of and set her priorities straight. Family is never easy to deal with, elderly family is even more difficult. Things Unsaid tells of the tightrope act that is fulfilling familial duty and obligation.