A few days ago when I went to visit my mom I noticed a smiling woman sitting in the dining room.
Isn't that Doris? You know the one you told me wasn't going to make it through the night? The one we shed tears over? The one I wrote about here in my blog? You know the one about the message on a gravy boat?
"Yes, that's her, and what's this about a gravy boat?"
I know Hartland Hills Retirement Apartments are nice mom, but they are a long way from heaven.
"I know. She just wasn't ready to go. She didn't feel like it was her time. She still had things she wanted to do."
Apparently the reports of her impending death were greatly exaggerated.
I for one was glad to see that Doris is back. She speaks to me of our resilience, that we can't always control our destiny, but there is a strong mind body connection. I notice it so often in the faces of the elderly when I visit my mom. There are those you can tell have given up. They isolate themselves. Their eyes are cast down. They slip quietly away in the night. Then there are those, like my mom and Doris who are still active participants in this life. They have a strong will to live. You can see it on their faces.
I wanted to go over today and take a photo of the four women at my mom's table, but my mom is out and about playing bridge today and tomorrow. At almost 90 years young she still drives herself, but keeps it in town. The last time I rode with her out on the interstate she scared me so bad I saw 100 new gray hairs just pop right out on my head.
The mind body connection is one of the things I am really interested in, and I will be talking about it more in future posts. I believe it is an important part of a simple and serene life.