My mom has had the flu for 3 weeks and had to be hospitalized last week, she was dehydrated. It was scary how quickly she lost ground. Mom has always appeared much younger than her age, has always been trim and active, but now she looks so frail and old. It is hard to come face-to-face with your parent's mortality. Jill, my heart goes out to you with your situation. Dad was with us for several months after his stroke, but my sister always felt she had lost him with the stroke. He knew us and could speak, but never really connected. It was a sad time and I realize you face this daily with your mom.
This has forced us to make some decisions about becoming more responsible as children; we have divided up the things that cause Mom stress and are going to take care of them for her. Her financial issues upset her so much, she has plenty of money, she just gets nervous dealing with decisions around it. So I've taken over her taxes and investments. My sister is in and out of Mom's house several times a week and will take cake of medications and paying routine bills. The boys have pledged to stop by and visit more, and take care of minor repairs. We shouldn't have to be shocked into these things by illness, but no one ever thinks Mom needs us, we all are used to needing her. She is a nurturer and has spent her life taking care of 12 brothers and siters then us four kids, our kids and Dad. It is time for her to be taken care of.
We have a meeting this evening for the After-Prom parents. Our theme this year is The Wild, Wild West; the kids want a mechanical bull and the works. We have worked very hard, but don't seem to be getting far in raising $$$. Our annual Strawberry Sale is on hold until wholesale prices drop, if ever. That is typically our big money-maker; between $2 and $4000 each year. With our candy, and icream sales and junior high dances, plus local donations we usually raise enough to have a nice evening for the kids. But gas prices and other money crunches have hurt most everyone. I do not want to charge the kids to attend, but may have to eventually.
I hope you all are having a good week and looking forward to Spring Break and a chance to relax with family. Be safe. Hedy