My neighbor’s mother-in-law is in the hospital.
She has pneumonia.
She’s been under the weather for weeks, but refused to see a doctor – until she saw one in the ER a few nights ago. She is not elderly; probably early sixties. She is stubborn.
When my neighbor shared that news, it was not, by itself, particularly interesting; it’s what he said next that caught my ear.
“As soon as my wife got home from getting her mother settled into her room at the hospital, I called my mom to thank her for taking such good care of herself.”
What a thoughtful thing for a son to do.
What a thoughtful thing for a parent to do.
Many of my friends and family are proven fine care-givers, going to great lengths to assure the comfort and well-being of those whom they love. They, upon gentle reminding, have come to recognize that they deserve the same care and consideration that they show others.
Thank you to my mother and my sister, who are amazingly generous and strong women, for understanding that one way to show their love for the rest of us is to keep themselves in good running order. I am grateful that, no matter when I might need you, your tank is always full and your motor’s humming.