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#12403 - 04/07/06 02:05 AM a bright spot in the topic
flipperjo Offline

Registered: 10/22/05
Posts: 254
Loc: ND
Here is a bright spot in the field of eldercare:

My mom is getting married!!! Mom told me last night that she is getting married to my dad's nephew (same age as mom - 81). My sibs and I are thrilled for them.

They both were loving and faithful with their spouses until they died. Both went through years of giving loads of TLC and sacrificing of themselves to care for them. My dad died after many years of waning health due to post polio syndrome. My cousin's wife died after about 10 years of several illnesses and surgeries.

They were close as couples and spent a lot of time together, traveling and with friends and families.

Mom had hip surgery two weeks before Dad died. I'm so proud of her for the way she has handled everything. A typical morning for her now includes aqua aerobics, a few miles on the track and weight machines. It took her about a year after Dad died to really get social again but as she did, we could see her blossom.

It is such a treat to see Mom happy, healthy and getting on with a new life. Dad was a realist and caring and giving. He must be smiling on her now, watching her pick up her life again. He loved and respected his nephew, too, so I have no doubt he would bless her choice.

In these days when my MIL and FIL are getting ever more difficult to care for, I am so blessed to have my mom to show me the way to aging with grace and style!

#12404 - 04/07/06 03:57 AM Re: a bright spot in the topic
smilinize Offline

Registered: 11/08/03
Posts: 3512
Loc: outer space
What a wonderful example. I love it. My mother is becoming more isolated lately. Isolation is not good for her. She has always been so social.

My Dad died four years ago and a couple of men have visited Mom, but she says they just didn't measure up to Dad. I wish she had someone to be with her, to go places with, and just to hold her hand.

Your Mom sounds like a great lady.


#12405 - 04/07/06 04:06 AM Re: a bright spot in the topic
LSmith5434 Offline

Registered: 10/02/05
Posts: 370
Loc: Washington State
Flipperjo....what a wonderful time for you mother.
I've always believed that romance is always with us no matter what age we are if we really want to pursue it.
Good luck to your mother and her new hubby to be.

#12406 - 04/07/06 04:17 AM Re: a bright spot in the topic
chatty lady Offline

Registered: 02/24/04
Posts: 20267
Loc: Nevada
Like my 86 year old mother always says; You're only as old as you feel! In this case your mon and her new hubby must feel real good to one another, LOL [Big Grin] Bravo for them!!!

#12407 - 04/07/06 07:09 AM Re: a bright spot in the topic
diamond50 Offline

Registered: 01/10/06
Posts: 992
Loc: Honolulu, Hawaii
Congratulations for them!

#12408 - 04/08/06 07:15 AM Re: a bright spot in the topic
Searcher Offline

Registered: 10/11/05
Posts: 645
Loc: boise
Flipper - add my congratulations to your Mother! No wonder you are the wonderful woman you are - you are your Mother's child!!! So when's the date? Where's the honeymoon? Do they need a toaster? Are they registered? Do you get to help her choose the dress???? How many guests? How 'bout the cake? Who gets to be bridesmaids?? I'm excited!!!!

Searcher [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]

#12409 - 04/08/06 07:42 AM Re: a bright spot in the topic
Dotsie Offline

Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 23647
Loc: Maryland
I'm grinning at the screen. This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing such an upbeat post. SO often we get dragged down by all these eldercare issues, we forget they are poeple just like us, only a little bit older.

I'm with searcher...pour on the wedding details!

#12410 - 04/08/06 05:39 AM Re: a bright spot in the topic
flipperjo Offline

Registered: 10/22/05
Posts: 254
Loc: ND
Thanks for the well wishes for my mom, all of you. I will pass them along to her. This is such a wonderful new twist in our lives. And Searcher and Dotsie, no details yet, but will post them as they come along.

About the only thing Mom's said is that she hopes he gets rid of his computer before he moves into her condo because they will only have room for one and she doesn't want to give hers up!

[ April 07, 2006, 10:41 PM: Message edited by: flipperjo ]

#12411 - 04/08/06 03:34 PM Re: a bright spot in the topic
Dotsie Offline

Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 23647
Loc: Maryland
Flipper, what a mod Mom you have!

#12412 - 04/08/06 08:40 PM Re: a bright spot in the topic
flipperjo Offline

Registered: 10/22/05
Posts: 254
Loc: ND
wedding update:

yesterday, Mom and her fiance went to the jeweler - today she will be wearing her new ring. And then, they went straight to the registrar and got the license so they would be ready for whatever they decide to do, whenever! These two are wasting no time...

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