Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mom and Hurricane Irene

Teri and Mom
We all know what happened during Hurricane Irene.
For the most part people managed just fine, there were exceptions, one young man lost his life at 12 years old when a tree fell on his family home.  This heart breaking story happened before the storm reached the little town my Mom lives in.  Some people lost their homes, others were flooded, and many folks lost power, as of today 41 people lost their lives, tragic.
Then there were our personal dramas that were our internal headlines.
I had my worry emotion in full swing.  I called Mom who was directly in the path of the storm.  Keep in mind Mom is 85, with Multiple Sclerosis, and the remains of a nasty case of shingles.

Teri:       Mom what are you doing to prepare for the Hurricane Irene?
Mom:    I have some lobster cakes I am going to cook up and if we lose electric I will warm them up over a candle.
Teri:       Don’t you think it would be better to go stay with a friend?
Mom:    Nope, I will be fine here by myself; Ruth brought me a big bag of books today so I don’t get bored if the electric goes out.
Teri:       Do you have flashlights and is your cell phone charged up?
Mom     Of course don’t be a worry wart.
Teri:       What will you do if the storm gets nasty?
Mom:    I will go sit in my closet in my wheel chair, stop worrying, you were born between two hurricanes and we did fine, I will be fine.
Of course I immediately conjure up the vision of my Mom sitting in her wheel chair in her closet with the storm raging all around her.  The two hurricanes I was born between happened over 56 years ago and she was a tiny bit younger and stronger physically, not mentally, Mom is a rock.
I can tell you everything worked out just fine and she was the trooper she has always been.  I hope I am as fearless when I am her age.
One of Mom’s favorite sayings is, “Getting old is not for sissies.”  She lives those words with grace every day.

God Bless,
Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

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