Up, Up and Away!

Rosie in Florence, Italy!

I am up early today. Rosie is going to North Carolina to see my sister Susan. I’m glad she’s going to get away and even happier that my sister is offering this to her. Too bad Hurricane Irene is going to dampen the trip! (Pardon the pun) My mom is very dedicated to my dad who now resides in a nursing home. My mother (Rosie) takes it upon herself to worry. It’s a good thing and a bad thing. But I’ve noticed that her worries are subsiding into a peaceful resignation. This is good news for me. Why? Because I am the one who has been her sounding board. In a sense, I’ve taken this up as my ministry to her. After all, who can she talk to on a daily basis? I’m the one who calls her three times a day to make sure she is OK. I worry about her. That’s a turnaround! If she’s not home at nightfall, I panic. I panic even more if she does not answer her cell phone. In the past she has been out with her friend Ophelia or the cat has knocked the phone of the hook. I even have the phone number to her next door neighbor if mom does not answer her phone or if I get a busy signal. Rosie is turning 83 years old this week. I’m hoping she’s around for a while. I just don’t want her to suffer in her last days. She has become my best friend in my later years. We’re not supposed to be friends with our parents when we are young but that changes as we get older. Two years ago I took mom on a cruise to Europe. She loved it and never in her wildest dreams did she ever see herself on such a huge trip. The photo I inserted is with her in the center of the market in Florence Italy. Legend has it that if you rub the nose of the boar you will return. I don’t believe this that will be the case for her. In October I will return to Florence and I will rub the boar’s nose just for her. In a sense, she will have returned again vicariously through me!

4 Responses

  1. Nancy says:

    You are a very good son. I’m sure your mom is very proud of you.

  2. Elaine says:

    An age old quandry: “Will my children want {need} me when I am older?” Thank you for putting this topic out here. I’ve read a marvelous book by Sr. Joan Chittester -“The Gift of Years”. It certainly instills a sense of purpose in a senior’s lifestyle. Father, with your personality and gifts, the “Charcot’s foot syndrome” will be a venue from which you can minister to many. PTL for you!

  3. Elaine says:

    Thanks for sharing the parent/child relationship in maturity. Father, with your gifts and personality your “disability” will open doors to others. PTL for you!

  4. Robin Devine says:

    Enjoy your mom to the best of your ability. I wish I still had my friend, shopping companion, sounding board, daily laughter. It’s hard to lose a parent when they become more then “parent”.

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