Mom

We were in Mexico when I told Chris I had to go back to Washington.

Some of you know my mother. She is pretty amazing, especially at 92. She has lived alone for 19 years, since my dad died. She takes care of her house, drives, cooks, shops, gardens, and has a vodka & tonic every evening before dinner. She walks erect without a cane and with no osteoporosis, hasn’t turned all grey yet, and has no major health issues. But she had a bad fall, and I needed to come help her while she healed.

Despite her obvious independence, she needs to move. She has no community and is dependent on my sister & I for her needs. Since I am on the other side of the world, and Linda wants to retire and spend her time with kids & grandkids, I made it my goal to convince her this would be for the best.

Amazingly, she surprised all of us by finding a senior community near my niece and her family in Portland that she says feels “home-y”, and we put her on a waiting list. Although she is a bit overwhelmed, we have assured her we will help her through the process of going through her 4-bedroom house to manage her stuff.

I will return to help facilitate when I am needed. For now, I’ll be heading back to Chris in New Zealand, where he has planned a couple of weeks of fun for the two of us. I’m more than ready to be there!

14 thoughts on “Mom

  1. Sorry to hear about your Mom’s fall Nancy! I pray I am as mobile and capable as your Mom at her age! If I can help or provide any local resources to assist just holler!

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  2. Great to see you while you were here. Always available to help as needed. Hello to Chris and see you on the next Stateside trip. Travel fun and safely.

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  3. Nancy. When you are back here, plan to spend a couple over-days with us. You should enjoy a bit of time looking through the window of a couple days in the life of R&L. We would love to give you a hug & schmooze with you. (Chris 2 of he’z up2o it)

    On Wed, Apr 11, 2018, 4:21 PM Spill the Wine Around the World wrote:

    > Nancy Patterson posted: “We were in Mexico when I told Chris I had to go > back to Washington. Some of you know my mother. She is pretty amazing, > especially at 92. She has lived alone for 19 years, since my dad died. She > takes care of her house, drives, cooks, shops, gardens” >

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  4. As David said, great to see you and Kathy while you were here and if you/she needs help along the way, let us know. In the meantime, continue all the fun, give hugs to Chris, and save a few for yourself.

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