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Celebrating Family


Today (Monday, February 20th) is Family Day here in Ontario, Canada. So, we get the whole day off to “be” family and I think that is really cool.

I spend a lot of time on here talking about my being a caregiver to my mother, but I rarely mention that I’m also a wife and a mother. If it wasn’t for the support of my family, I wouldn’t be able to support Mom.

Just last week, just before dinner a phone call came, my Mom had fallen and off we went to Emergency. Fortunately, the outcome was not the broken hip we feared. But, in this role I am supported and uplifted by my husband, teenage son and adult daughter. They held down the fort, texted me words of encouragement and understood my responsibility without question. They continue to hold me up as I hold Mom up. That’s what a good family does and I have a great family!

In Mom’s more difficult times, I have missed music nights to sit at her hospital bed side trying to coax her to sit still so the staff could put in her I.V. I’ve come home totally pre-occupied and spent with worry and grief. Last year I forgot to check my son’s report card for almost a week. (I doubt he minded). But still, they support me, encourage me, comfort my tears and listen to my venting and worrying. They are my family and I love and appreciate them.

So, this post is dedicated to them. I love you all so much! Happy Family Day!

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