17 May 2009
It's a pretty standard date. My daughter, Jordan, and I bring dinner to Mom & Dad every Sunday night.Just wanted to show my gratitude to my parents for still being here for us. Even though their bodies are failing, they have always taken care of themselves. Dad was a health addict - never drank or smoked - he walked 5 miles a day for as long as he could.People would ask me if something was wrong with him. I knew it was his form of meditation. He had me write down inspirational quotes on coloured pieces of paper that he would carry in his pocket...to read when we were out to lunch/dinner. His goal in life was to provide for his family. Recently, he goes in and out of Alzheimers( he never would have touched Red Lobster fried shrimp before....now he loves it, esp. with cocktail sauce!) & is unable to walk due to spinal stenosis. Mom had breast cancer when I was 9 years old. When she went to the hospital, Lea-lea (my other mother) told me she was having a baby....so when Mom brought home a 3 ft. talking doll, I bought the story. That's how naive I was; or maybe it was out and out denial? Anyway, it was 5 years before I accepted the fact that Mom had a masdectomy. She was bathing one day & I walked in by accident - she showed me the scar. Mom has been an inspiration for many women. She's pretty depressed these days - blind in one eye; deaf in one ear, and has shooting pains in her head. And, she is "The White Rabbit".....calling at least 3 times to ask where we are, even if it is 5:55 & we are on our way - dinner in hand! I remember always feeling safe knowing they were sleeping down the hall, while my brothers and I were growing up.....wish I could provide the same comfort for them, now.
I became a single mother when Jordan turned 1-1/2. I don't know how we would have survived it all without the support & love from them. Thank you, both.
p.s. I did take one of him enjoying those fried shrimp with cocktail sauce sort of dripping down his bib!
Dad went "Home" the day before Father' Day....06/20/2009.