I was born the day before Mother’s Day so my mom got an early Mother’s Day gift — me!
My gift was getting a mom who continues to inspire me with each new stage of her life. She’s always been very independent, made decisions on her own, and is in excellent health. At 91, she still enjoys shopping for stylish ensembles that always fetch compliments, playing a competitive game of bridge, and nurturing friendships she’s had since childhood.
Fifteen years ago, my dad passed away while he and my mom were on vacation. After 51 years together, it was a huge adjustment for my mom but she adapted and has thrived. She continued to live in their condominium until six years ago, when she decided on her own to move to a “life care community” with 300 other residents. She said it was the best decision she ever made.
Her large circle of friends grew exponentially as she got to know her neighbors in the building. She took art classes, arranged flowers for the community dining room, and even got invited to participate in their annual fashion show (see photo).
Recently, my mom decided it was time to buy a walker. The pain in her legs was making her limp and her stride was not as steady as it had been. I was proud of her for making that decision and took her to a medical supply store that had a large selection. After testing several models, she chose a brand new Drive Medical Nitro Euro Style Red Rollator Walker, Red. The salesman told us it had just come on the market.
Now she’s the talk of her community. The first time my mom brought it down to the dining room, everyone wanted to know where she got it. Getting all that attention for being a trendsetter helped her accept the fact that she needed assistance when she walked.
This year my birthday falls the day before Mother’s Day once again and we plan to have a four-generation celebration with my mother, my daughter, and my two granddaughters. And when I blow out the candles on my cake, instead of making a wish, I’ll say a prayer of thanks for another year with my precious mother.