Monthly Archives: January 2011

Happy birthday, Mom

Today (1/31) is my mother’s actual birthday. I asked her, today, if she ever thought when she was young that she would live to the year 2011. “Never.” she said firmly. I told her that when I was a kid, … Continue reading

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Still mothering

“Are you feeling OK?” Mom asks me. I’ve been in her room for awhile; we’ve looked at the new dog books I gave her, Coco and I filled the bird feeders, and we’ve chatted a bit. Then we are quiet, … Continue reading

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Turn Left at the Bird Cage

Past 11 days marked by trips to urgent care, a 3 day hospital stay (for mom not me), and currently 5-star cruise at the rehab unit/skilled nursing facility. Initially,┬ámom’s transfer to the skilled nursing facility felt like a death sentence … Continue reading

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Geriatric dog

Mom’s beloved chocolate lab, Coco, is aging along with my mother. Her eyebrows and muzzle are gray; despite this, since she lost weight, she’s been more active. Still, the fact that we have no idea how old she is makes … Continue reading

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Update to previous post

Instruction to Bickford staff: Keep V. [the milk-thrower] away from [my mother]! I spoke to a staff member to ask who had pitched the milk in Mom’s face; she commented that it was “terrible” V. had given Mom a faceful. … Continue reading

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Are you my mother?/Comeuppance

Back when Mom was first at Bickford, when I helped her with something, she would jokingly say that I was her mother, and we would laugh. As the years have passed, questions about where her mother was would come up. … Continue reading

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Acceptance and action

Friday, I went to see my parents with a friend from an African–but very urban–culture. She had met my parents in the crowd at my house for Thanksgiving, and clearly honored them, commenting how obviously smart my father is. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Seeing red–Kathy

Mom and I were sitting in her room. Outside, the birds were swooping to and from the bird feeder. I could see the male cardinal in all his brilliant glory, feeding and daring any other birds to try to join … Continue reading

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INAPPROPRIATE!

Yesterday, Dad was in a great mood. We chatted about who would be the coach for Michigan’s football team (Hoke, in case you care), and other such incidentals, and then he headed for chair exercise. I waited for Mom to … Continue reading

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Going home?

The other day Mom remarked casually, “Well, I wonder when all this…” she gestured circularly around the room,”…will be gone.” Usually she’s referring to Bickford when she makes that gesture. I asked if she meant Bickford. She did, and I … Continue reading

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