She Wants to Go Home

I tell mom she’s 96 years old, but age is not registering in her mind. “I can’t be that old!” “Yes, mom,” I say to her gently, “You are 96.” She shakes her head in disbelief and responds with, “No, I’m not!” I ask mom how old she believes she is and the response, “In my seventies.” An aide attempts to confirm her age, but mom resists, and I eventually have to change the subject. This is how the conversations haveRead more

A Memory With Mom: Unwanted

Author Andra Watkins has released her latest book, Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, and is asking her fans, friends and followers to “make a memory.” You can read reviews of Andra’s book here and you can find details on how to make your own memory on her website, AndraWatkins.com. In a recent reply to a comment I posted on her site, Andra tells me that she wants to make a memory by celebrating mom’s daily enjoymentRead more

Busted!

I received a phone call on Wednesday evening from a second shift aide at the place where mom lives. The conversation went something like this: Hello, is this Mary? “Yes it is.” This is Linda from EB, where your mom lives. “Yes? What’s up?” I thought I should call and let you know what happened. (Thoughts of mom falling and hurting herself immediately entered my head.) “What happened?” Well, I went into your mom’s room to get her ready forRead more

What Time is it?

Weekly Writing Challenge: Report on one event/gathering/happening from your week in Gonzo journalism style.  It’s an overcast, gray January day, with patches of icy rain stuck to the pavement of the parking lot. A steady and focused walk is required so that I don’t break a neck bone before getting to the metallic blue Hyundai that awaits in the garage. This is Saturday, the day I most often pay a visit to 94 year old mom, who lives 24 milesRead more