Friday, March 4, 2011
Sweet Sweet Mom
This is a new picture that my brother Gil took of my mom when he arrived at her home on Wednesday. Every week my brother comes to take our mom out to lunch . After lunch they go to the supermarket to buy fresh food so Elaine her caretaker can prepare meals for mom to eat each day.
When I spoke to my mom in the morning I had told her that she had a lunch date with Gil today. Mom answered sounding surprised that Gil was even coming. She said "I do" with much excitement in her voice. Yes mom, Gil will be coming I answered. Mom then wonders what time will Gil arrive and I tell her around 1 o'clock. She then wants to know what time it is. It usually is around 10 :30 AM when I call. I smile to myself for my mom continues to ask me this very same question every single week. It's funny because now as if she was a child her question warms my heart. The difference for me now is, that before mom became ill she would say things that could certainly annoy me. Now her voice and questions are like music to my ears.
Mom has a large digital clock that sits on her kitchen counter that she can never read. So she never knows what time it is. I think in her reality there is no time(day or night). Elaine told me that mom asked her to leave last week around 2PM in the afternoon. Mom said it was time to go to sleep. She wanted to lock up the house before she got into bed. Elaine had to call my brother so he could convince our mom that it was to early for her to go to bed.
Gil emailed me this picture yesterday and wrote: I called mom while I was on my way to pick her up and take her to lunch. Mom said she had just gotten undressed and would get dressed again.When I arrived she was wearing this "new" outfit and she looked so cute.(Gil & I never saw her in this outfit.) . Gil was so thrilled(and probably shocked) to see how she cute she looked he decided to snap her picture .
My mom continues to wear the same old outfit every day, and seems never to want to put on new clothes. Has Ruthie my mom become a fashion maven? We all know that stripes and the nautical looks are in. Who knows for wonders may never cease.