Optimism

By
Real Estate Agent with Real Living Spectrum Real Estate

She's under 5 feet tall and weighs about 83 pounds. She's 84 years old and has spent the better part of a year, May 19,2008 to the present, either in the hospital or in rehabilitation. I call her a lot of different names, Gloria, Pain in the posterior, and Mom.

She fell in her front yard on May 19, 2008, and broke her left femur. She was in a lot of pain as you might imagine. She waited through the next day before they got her to the operating table where they installed a rod and pin. A few days latter she was on her way to the nursing home for rehab both physical and occupational. She came home in August, on a Friday, and fell that evening breaking her tibia. Back to the hospital and then to the rehab for another span of time. I honestly have lost track of it.

She would be back in the hospital one more time to have the rod and pin removed. The pin was giving her a lot of trouble because she had, as the Pennsylvania Dutch like to say, no meat on her bones. They put a ball in place. They walked her before taking an x-ray and she hurt her femur again. But they got her back together. They gave her some rehab at the hospital and sent her to a home, again, for more rehab. She will be home, hopefully permanently, on February 3, 2009. I saw her on Monday afternoon and she's still smiling. I ask myself if I would be that optimistic. Keep in mind that she has also lost money in the market. She hasn't even checked because she believes it will come back. Need I tell you that she grew up during the Great Depression? If I told you her life story you would weep.

I wake up every day thankful for folks like my Mom and Dad. They taught me how to look at the world. They gave me strength and courage.. Some days it is tough to smile. The WSJ just reported that consumer confidence plummeted yet again in January. Should we wallow in that gloomy news or should we go forward and be optimistic like our moms.

Comments (4)

Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Chris, I hope your Mom continues to progress in her recupertion.  Thanks for honoring your mother with this post.  It is heartwarming to read a post like this.

Jan 27, 2009 02:31 AM
Rebecca Anne Cole
PNC Mortgage - Timonium, MD

I think it is important to move forward and be optimistic.  Best wishes to your Mom and I hope her attitude inspires others.  Your post has inspired me.

Jan 27, 2009 02:39 AM
Lois Castleberry
RE/MAX Affiliates - Richwood, KY

You can be proud of your Mom.  True blessings are not financial but time with the people we love and doing the things we love. You and your Mom are rich as we all are if we just put it in prospective.  I had wonderful parents and grand parents, too.  

Tell your Mom HI and GET WELL from all of us.

Jan 27, 2009 02:53 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Hey, Chris. I like the way you and your Mom think. I wish you all the best, Jim

Jan 27, 2009 02:57 AM

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