Saturday, July 5, 2014
My youngest daughter and I have come to visit mother at the nursing home. I find her in a usual place and quickly roll her up the hall, headed for my favorite landing spot; the front "yellow" room. I ask her as I push, "What have you been doing, mother"?. The answer is mostly the same, "O, been working in the field, helping daddy hoe". As we reach the front room, my daughter greets her, with a "hey Mema"! Mother gives her a look as if she thinks she looks familiar, but avoids speaking to her until I've told her who she is. As I sit beside her, my eyes pay close attention to the body parts of a woman I have idolized all my life. She has lost a front tooth now, and I am truly sorrowed by that, knowing if she was aware, it would humiliate her. I take a once over at her silver hair, and think about the many days I spent, coloring it before she came to the home. My eyes finally reach her beautiful hands. A friend of mine had mentioned how important his mother's hands were to him, telling her life story. I began to think about the many times, I had watched these same hands, brush my hair, wipe my dirty face, hand me lunch money, tie my shoe and hundreds of other instances, as she cared for me as a child. Driving back home, I mention to my daughter that one day, she will be sitting in a similar chair as I sat today, remembering a day like today, as we spend time together. I pray that I can be a glimpse of the mother to my children that mine has been to me and her grandchildren. When it's all said and done, what is it that brings us joy in life? The money, nice homes, beautiful cars, far away vacations...things? For me, the answer is simple. Enjoy every waking moment with those you love. Taking nothing or no one for granted. Try to make each day a "memory." Realizing that we will all travel this road again, but in a different way.