Miracles abound when you have faith enough to welcome them.
Last Thursday I took a trip up to visit Sammy (the parrot) as my sister spends time with Mom on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings which gave me the freedom to go. (Sammy didn’t want anything to do with me other than take a chunk of flesh out of my fingers, but that’s another tale of woe.) I called to check on Mom while I was there, as I’m want to do when I’m not home to make sure she knows that I worry about her and she said she was anxious for me to come home because she needed to talk to me, but she was soooo apologetic I wasn’t sure if I should believe it to be good or not. The last thing I needed after a long drive back from one valley to the next is to have another “talk” in *that* tone of hate, disgust and disappointment.
I guess I should back track at this point. The day before, Wednesday, it was written on my calendar that I should put her name in the temple for prayers. They rotate out the names ever two weeks so I call and put her name back in. I didn’t want to. I fought with myself because of the way she still talked to me after we had our fight over Sammy and the lock on my door, which in her mind was the greatest betrayal I could have ever perpetrated against her. She doesn’t have boundaries, so no one can have boundaries. I asked her a few days after the bird was moved to my sisters if she would ever like me again, she told me it still remains to be seen. And from that point on she has tolerated me, sniped at me every chance she got. I remained happy and chipper and trying me best not to flinch at her tone. There is some sort of dark hollowness that you feel when your mother treats you like you are the worst person in the whole universe. Needless to say, I didn’t want to, I didn’t think she should have it because of the way she treated me on a regular basis the anger started to push everything else aside to pour salt in my wounds. I had to stop, redirect the anger out some sort of internal overflow spigot and rethink my position. She can treat me how she wants to treat me, I can’t do anything about that other than not let her hurt me but I made the decision not to let her behavior dictate my actions so I put her name, a friends name and my name in the temple. (who couldn’t use extra prayers)
Okay, back to last Thursday….
She apologized, she was terribly sincere. She wanted me to know that she loved me, appreciated me and was truly proud of what I have accomplished in my life. She didn’t relent and let Sammy back in the house but the air purifiers haven’t come in by that time, so hope still spring eternal on that front. The other portion of this was she realized she can’t keep trying to make me secure a happy end of life for her. She has to make that choice, and she has to make the efforts to do so. Now THAT is a miracle and a milestone for her.
My milestone is unemployment….again. Only this time I have a plan, I have hope and faith and determination to make it worth while. I also have someone to take care of Mom during the day so I’m not the only one with her. I’m going back to my post The End Is Nigh…..Or Not. Mom is afraid of dying alone, without someone who loves her there for her. She’s having more and more problems in the night sleeping, or rather breathing well enough to stay asleep. I’m thinking during this time I will do more watching at night, so if she needs me, I’ll be there and then sleep while the other caregiver is there with her. I do want Mom to have a good end of life, I don’t want her to be alone, that said, I don’t want her to do it during the holiday season. My father died on Fathers Day, and now I associate both days….actual death date and the holiday….with him. I can live without two death dates for her as well.
It’s amazing what happens when you walk in faith and hope for the best by letting go and letting God.