Well, hello my friends! I am so thankful that we can still catch up every Monday!
As with everything in life, perspective is EVERYTHING. With that in mind, I want to share a little story with you that will I hope will put a smile on your face.
First, the backstory…in a nutshell. My mom and dad moved to a retirement community 2 years ago when it became painfully obvious that my dad’s progressing Alzheimer’s necessitated them paring down their responsibilities.
After almost 1.5 years at their new home, once again it was heart-wrenchingly clear that for both my mom’s and my dad’s safety and well-being, we needed to move dad to the memory care unit attached to their retirement community. After 61 years of marriage to her very best friend, this transition has been REALLY tough on mom, to say the least.
But, we are blessed that it is a mere 5 minute (if that) walk for mom and their dog Bernie to get to dad. They established a routine where the 2 of them would hang out with dad every day and mom was slowly adjusting to her new normal.
Then, ‘all this’ happened and dad’s facility has been locked down for 2 weeks and mom hasn’t been able to visit with him. We can’t visit either of them and mom hasn’t left her community for 10 days, primarily staying in her apartment. We encouraged her to stay with us, but my son and daughter moving back made our home a risky place and she wanted to be close to dad if she was needed. I take groceries to her and leave, without any contact. Like many, mom is now confined to the 4 walls of her apartment, all by herself. We chat multiple times a day, but still…
So on one of our calls one day this past week, mom greeted me by telling me it was already, at 10:30 a.m., a great day.
Me: Super! Tell me about it!
Mom: Well, to start with, I am enjoying one of the best omelets I have ever made!
Me: Great! Good omelets are a good thing, for sure!
Mom: And then, I thought I had lost one of my earbuds, but I found it!
Me: That’s fantastic!
Mom: And then, our community activity coordinator figured out how to use the in-house TV and she is televising exercise routines twice a day. Today was the first day, so I got out in my den in my gym clothes and by the end of the workout, I worked up such a sweat that I had to strip down to my bra!
Me: I cannot even imagine how your day could get better!
Mom: But it did because I just chatted with one of the nurses on dad’s floor and he slept well last night!
I can’t begin to describe how my heart swelled with love and pride for my mom and the way she is handling this situation with grace and humor. She is finding joy in the simple things; a brilliant reminder that perspective is EVERYTHING! (p.s. I did get mom’s permission to share this with you…)
What a great time to start knitting this sweet eyelet baby blanket if you know you’ll need one in the near future.
Put some tomatoes in your on-line grocery cart and some canning jars and lids in your Amazon cart and you could be whipping up several batches of this outstanding smoky and spicy tomato jam during your free time!
I know you have time to put a pork shoulder on your grill for some OUTSTANDING Pulled BBQ Pork.
My friend Kathleen, equally gracious and grounded as my mom, has a post with suggestions and recipes for stocking your pantry and freezer during ‘times like these’. As much as I appreciated her recipes, it was this that I needed to hear:
When this is over, may we never again take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbors
A crowded theater
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine check-up
The rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be, we were called to be, we hope to be and we stay that way-better for each other because of the worst. Author Unknown
Stay safe and healthy my friends! I’ll ‘see’ you next week.