Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Priorities are constantly changing during our life's journey, our roles ever evolving. Everyone needs reminding on occasion and life likes to give us little nudges along the way. Sometimes you recognize these little bumps and simply ignore them. Other times you don't even realize that you've been nudged. And sometimes, the little nudge is like a fist to your stomach. My roles, like so many of you, have changed significantly over the years. I went from being an Air Force brat daughter, to nurse, to wife (twice), to mother (twice), to divorced (twice), to becoming ill and disabled. And now I find myself taking another look at my priorities. You see, today I got punched right in the gut. My niece ran over to my house and told me that my Mother had fallen and to come quick. I realize that my parents are getting up there in age, but when I saw my 79 year old Mother laid out on the floor, like she was in a casket and my frail 86 year old father kneeling over her, my heart just sank and then broke into many tiny little pieces. Luckily she wasn't hurt, but the fear on their faces was so very apparent if only for just a second. Getting old sure isn't for sissies...I think my role hasn't stopped evolving quite yet.