Gratitude – Day 77 (Mom’s Moving)

Mom is moving. Likely in a couple of weeks. Why is this something to blog about? Well, she lives in a great spot right now, but she is very rural. There are a number of people that check in on her, but she is still isolated. Being isolated is not bad in itself, especially when you consider how beautiful mom’s flower gardens are along with all the birds and wildlife that come to call. All of that property and the gardens require care though and she will be 80 this year. She is moving to Elmsdale to a 2 bedroom apartment. The building she is moving to is right next to the one my sister lives in, so she will be near family. Also, Elmsdale has a large number of amenities at her disposal and a number of community events where she can be involved.

All of this is insignificant though. What is really important is what mom wants and she is ready for the mom. Mowing a few acres of lawn every week is getting a bit much along with the yard care and snow shoveling in the winter. She recognizes that it is time to say goodbye to the “Garden of Eva”. I want to honour and recognize how hard it must have been to come to that decision. Mom is not a person to dwell on what she is losing and looks ahead, so she takes a very pragmatic view to this move. Still, it must have been a hard decision. Let’s see, in the last year, she has dealt with a stroke, cancer, the loss of two siblings, and now a move. Yep, those are some big ticket items. You are a tough nut Mom, no doubt about that.

Once Mom made about her mind about moving, she kicked it into gear with packing and cleaning. I was going to fly to Nova Scotia to lend a hand, but I suspect she has mostly of this well n hand. I will direct the funds that it would have cost to have me fly out to hiring a moving company to move all of her things. That will save trying to line up folks and trucks for moving.

Mom, I continue to give thanks everyday to have you in our lives. You continue to amaze and inspire me with your positive approach to life and its challenges. Lots of Love headed your way for the move.

Any change, any loss, does not make us victims. Others can shake you, surprise you, disappoint you, but they can’t prevent you from acting, from taking the situation you’re presented with and moving on. No matter where you are in life, no matter what your situation, you can always do something. You always have a choice and the choice can be power. ~ Blaine Lee

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